Undoubtedly hoping to squeeze a few more days out of the Trump vs. The Military storyline that hatched out of an article in The Atlantic last week, the media feigned shock and horror on Monday when the president made some commonsense, completely-in-character critiques of the leadership at the Pentagon.
Wholly in line with what he’s been saying about U.S. foreign policy since he descended that escalator in 2015, Trump said that while he would never disparage dead soldiers and veterans the way The Atlantic story accused, he could understand why the generals and politicians at the Defense Department might not be his biggest fans.
“I’m not saying the military’s in love with me,” Trump said at the White House. “The soldiers are. The top people in the Pentagon probably aren’t because they want to do nothing but fight wars, so all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy.
“But we’re getting out of the endless wars, you know how we’re doing,” Trump continued. “We defeated 100% of the ISIS caliphate — 100%.”
Trump’s remarks drew condemnation from the usual suspects.
“This is such a deeply ignorant and insulting view of American military leadership. From Dwight Eisenhower to Colin Powell, it has been our military leaders familiar with the hell of war who have hated it the most,” muttered Joe Scarborough on Twitter.
“In an unprecedented public attack by a sitting US president on the leadership of the US military, President Trump has accused US military leaders of seeking to start wars to boost the profits of defense contractors,” said CNN’s Ryan Browne.
Oh, settle down. Suddenly CNN and MSNBC are big military boosters, eh? We love how the left suddenly gets completely patriotic and war-mongery whenever Trump expresses an anti-war opinion. We swear, Trump could come out in favor of shutting down every fossil fuel company in the country, and the next day there would be a front-page New York Times story about how climate change is actually not that big of a deal.
He should really use this to his advantage and come out strong in favor of mail-in voting.