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June 24 and Trump's True Colors

Olivia Vella

Posted on June 20, 2020 16:02

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Trump has always claimed to support veterans and the military. June 24, however, has shown has Trump's true colors — and, spoiler alert, they're not red, white and blue.

One of the most commonly cited reasons I've heard from Trump supporters about why they support Trump is his commitment to protecting and supporting veterans and the military. Unfortunately for his supporters, Trump has now made a crucial mistake that shows why this argument is a fallacy.

Earlier this year, the White House deployed over 40,000 members of the National Guard to help with coronavirus relief. Although Trump had planned to withdraw the troops too early for our country's good, he agreed to extend funding for the National Guard until June 24 in response to public outcry and backlash. Trump has since committed to funding the National Guard at least through mid-August, but I find myself fixating on this specific date of June 24.

June 24, you see, is the 89 day of the National Guard's deployment. After 90 days of deployment, thousands of members of the National Guard would have qualified for important retirement and education benefits. Trump's deliberate choice, which he has since remedied, to deploy the National Guard for as long as possible without providing them with the benefits to which they are entitled shows just how phony his commitment to our veterans and military is.

Trump has publicly and unabashedly demonstrated his misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and homophobia (in selecting an openly homophobic vice president), not to mention his egotism and narcissism (and if you can't recognize that these things are true, I recommend you develop some critical thinking skills. Racism is more complex than calling someone the "n" word with a hard r, and sexism is not limited to arguing that women do not deserve rights.)

Now that he has tripped up and shown us how his so-called support of veterans is simply an election strategy, there's not much left to vote for.

Olivia Vella

Posted on June 20, 2020 16:02

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