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President Trump's Alleged Comments Disparaging the Military
Sep 9, 2020 at 01:30 AM

The Quick Facts

  • On September 3, The Atlantic published an article alleging, based on anonymous sources, that President Donald Trump had made several disparaging comments about military service members.
  • Trump quickly denied making the comments, calling the article a "hoax" and the anonymous sources "liars." The White House backed up Trump's claims, with Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany saying that 19 on-the-record sources had dismissed the story as "fundamentally untrue."
  • Multiple news outlets—including The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, and Fox News—independently confirmed parts of The Atlantic article.
  • Claims made by the Atlantic article include: Trump refusing to visit a WWI cemetery, calling WWI dead "suckers" and "losers"; asking that wounded veterans be removed from military parades because "nobody wants to see that"; and inquiring, in reference to America's all-volunteer force, "I don't get it. What was in it for them?"

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Are the Atlantic article's anonymous sources trustworthy? What effect might these alleged comments have on the 2020 election?

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More anonymous lies from Trump-hating liberal media

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