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Last Thursday, the Atlantic magazine alleged that President Trump’s support of American soldiers is insincere. They did this by publishing an article that claimed the President canceled a planned visit to a French cemetery because he was worried his hair would be mussed by the wind and rain.
Exclusive: Nearly 700 U.S. Veterans Issue Open Letter in Support of Trump https://t.co/IoKXU2a9EU via @BreitbartNews Thank you! As we get closer and closer to the November 3rd Election, and as my poll numbers rocket up, the attacks get more and more vicious. I love our HEROES!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2020
They further alleged that the president didn’t think the cemetery was worth a visit because the soldiers buried there are “losers.”
Almost 700 veterans signed a letter saying they disagreed.
.On Nov 18, 2018 I watched @realDonaldTrump give remarks in the rain to our US Vets honoring our fallen at Suresnes American Cemetery in France. In the 3yr I traveled the world w/ POTUS, I never once heard him say anything to the likes of this disgraceful story from @TheAtlantic pic.twitter.com/xZSj7yhh8g
— Hannah Salem (@HannahSalem) September 5, 2020
Yesterday, veteran John Binder published an open letter to the American People that was signed by 674 veterans. In it, they conclusively refute the Atlantic’s scurrilous accusations and defend our president’s patriotism.
The event referred to in the Atlantic happened in 2018. President Trump had planned on visiting the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France, where Americans killed during World War I are buried.
However, the Secret Service told him they couldn’t land the Marine 1 helicopter due to bad weather. Trump suggested driving there, but this idea was also scuttled because it would snarl Paris traffic and take too long to get there on time.
Hey @TheAtlantic… This is our @POTUS . A guy who cares deeply for #veterans. Who saw a soldier with no arms so he touched his face to have the human contact to show his gratitude for his service. pic.twitter.com/kaSlvSw0XP
— Carl Higbie (@CarlHigbie) September 5, 2020
This has been confirmed by the Secret Service, the Navy, and seven people who were with the President on the trip; Jordan Karem, Stephen Miller, Johnny DeStefano, Sarah Sanders, Hogan Gidley, Dan Scavino, and John Bolton.
Bolton went so far as to describe the reason for the trip’s cancellation in his anti-Trump memoir “The Room Where It Happened” as due to weather. In comments made Friday, he confirmed what he wrote in the book and added that he never heard the President say the things attributed to him by Atlantic reporter Jeffrey Goldberg.
Even CNN's Brian Stelter challenged Goldberg to come clean with his alleged "sources" at The Atlantic! https://t.co/fN8thNoNdN
— David J Harris Jr (@DavidJHarrisJr) September 5, 2020
Left out of the Atlantic’s story is that the day after the President was prevented from speaking at one French war cemetery, he spoke at another, in Suresnes, France. Not only that, the weather in Suresnes wasn’t that great either.
While reporters and other attendees at the event huddled under umbrellas in the rain, the then-72 year-old president delivered his comments in the open air without protection from the rain.
Why is the MSM upset when they get called out for fake news?
Witnesses have said @TheAtlantic article regarding the the WWI cemetery visit is false. How else would you expect @realDonaldTrump to react to @JenGriffinFNC picking up on the false information? https://t.co/SQwrs4MIqm
— Tony Shaffer (@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y) September 5, 2020
One might think that a president worried about mussing his hair wouldn’t deliver comments the day after in the rain without an umbrella or anything else to shield him from the weather.
Against contemporaneous reports, recent denials by seven named sources who were on the helicopter with President Trump, Bolton’s biography published months before the Atlantic article was published, and the sheer illogical notion of not visiting one French cemetery due to concerns about his coiffure, then visiting another the day after despite rain and no umbrella, the Atlantic gives us four “unnamed” sources.
Pathetic media & Dems (I repeat myself) say "sources confirm," but none named. At least 10 ppl who WERE THERE say the Atlantic story is garbage, incl John Bolton (no fan of @realDonaldTrump ) & @SarahHuckabee who WAS there. They are ON THE RECORD. The "sources" are on the run. https://t.co/ZqrVfOsDjP
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) September 5, 2020
If they wanted to make a convincing argument, that isn’t the way to do it. If they wanted to make an honest case, they would have mentioned earlier testimony on the issue and addressed how it disagreed with their allegations. They didn’t do this. Instead, they piled on the allegations after uncritically accepting the story given to them by their four anonymous sources.
That is, if there were four sources, or any sources.
How do we know this isn’t pure fantasy? We don’t. The Atlantic might have been worthy of the benefit of the doubt, that they actually have sources for this, maybe even four of them.
POLLAK: The same machine that created and promoted The Atlantic hit piece will be sure to produce others before the election is done. https://t.co/Ygt145YQNT
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 5, 2020
However, they dishonestly avoided any mention of previously published stories on the subject that rebut their allegations with named sources, such as John Bolton.
And now they have 674 American veterans calling them liars. Can they prove they aren’t? The ball is in their court now.
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Here’s more from Law Enforcement Today on the Atlantic story.
The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg published an article titled “Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’.”
In the article, anonymous sources alleged that Trump skipped a 2018 visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris, where the fallen of the battle of Belleau Wood are buried. The reason, they claimed, was because Trump was afraid the rain would mess up his famous frock.
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) September 3, 2020
The article said:
“When President Donald Trump canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018, he blamed the rain for the last-minute decision, saying ‘the helicopter couldn’t fly’ and that the Secret Service wouldn’t drive him there.
Neither claim was true. T
rump rejected the idea of the visit because he feared his hair would become disheveled in the rain, and because he did not believe it important to honor American war dead.”
Goldberg Continued in his article:
“Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.”
The White House vehemently denied the report. Several officials who accompanied Trump on his 2018 trip to Europe have also denied that the president had ever said anything like what was alleged. Public documents confirm the president’s visit was canceled due to weather.
On that Atlantic Story – @JeffreyGoldberg and his "four sources" claim Trump's helicopter flight to the US/French cemetery wasn't cancelled due to weather.
FOIA docs prove this to be false.
Their "sources" are failing basic fact checks – making them essentially worthless. pic.twitter.com/wAa7FrSxoW
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) September 4, 2020
However, Trump found an unexpected ally in his corner.
The same man who called him “unfit for office” said he was on that particular trip with Trump. Former National Security Advisor John Bolton has been an adversary of the president since leaving the administration last fall.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) September 4, 2020
He wrote in his book about Trump the visit to the cemetery by helicopter, was canceled due to the weather.
Driving to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery was considered an “unacceptable risk.”
This was due to the possibility of being stuck in traffic if an emergency arose. In fact, the book actually aligned with the official White House Claims for the cancellation in France.
— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) September 4, 2020
Bolton then criticized the media for falsely reporting that Trump skipped the visit because he was “afraid of the rain.”
Again, this is 100% false. I was next to @POTUS the whole day! The President was greatly disappointed when told we couldn’t fly there. He was incredibly eager to honor our Fallen Heroes. https://t.co/8YZlWS83I3
— Jordan Karem (@JordanKarem1) September 4, 2020
“The weather was bad, and Kelly and I spoke about whether to travel as planned to the Chateau-Thierry Belleau Wood monuments and nearby American Cemeteries, where many US World War I dead were buried.”
On Friday, Bolton confirmed his account in an interview with the Times, and added that he never heard Trump say “losers” or “suckers.”
Bolton said in an interview:
“I didn’t hear that… but I was there for that discussion.”
Bolton also had an interview with Bloomberg where he said:
“I didn’t hear him say those things.”
The fact The Atlantic is owned by a Biden megadonor should have to be included in every article
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) September 4, 2020
This is not the first time The Atlantic has been caught making up false stories about President Trump or conservatives. The left-wing paper is owned by a Joe Biden megadoner.
But The Atlantic is a totally unbiased "news outlet," and not just propaganda for Joe Biden. ??? https://t.co/B1uf96ay8B
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 4, 2020
Of course Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden had to weigh in on Friday.
He angrily demanded Trump apologize for his comments, “if these statements are true.”
Veteran: “Journalists” claim Trump called dead Marines “losers” and “suckers”. These people are getting desperate.
In a recent article for businessinsider.com, “journalists” Sonam Sheth and David Choi dropped the statement that President Trump referred to dead Marines (during the D-Day ceremonies) as “losers and suckers.”
I immediately scoffed at the notion, considering I paid close attention to the several ceremonies honoring the living and the fallen from that heroic and historic time that changed the future of World War II. And if the president had muttered the words “losers” and “suckers,” with as close as the leftist media waits with baited breath to magnify any slip-up Trump makes, we surely would have seen a firestorm of stories, articles, and rage.
We didn’t, of course, because it never happened.
Now we’re 60 days from the election, Democrats have allowed major cities to burn and be looted, people are injured and dying because of the out-of-control riots based on false narratives, and the Dems have largely remained silent until recent polling showed that it was hurting them.
Think, think, think…if you were a couple of no-name partisan hacks pretending to be journalists, what could you do to throw the proverbial wrench into Trump’s proverbial bicycle spokes?
Why, you could manufacture something so offensive that even the educated portions of the masses might believe it, and it could possibly send the military (in general) into a frenzy.
After all, we veterans are a strange lot in that we can hack on each other and our branches mercilessly, but would stand back-to-back should anyone from the outside talk trash on our brothers and sisters.
I’ve personally seen a roast session that pitted Army vs Air Force vs Marines and it got downright ugly, but a rude civilian stepped in and said something stupid, and all of a sudden, the military folk were banded together as if with super glue. You just don’t talk trash about our brothers and sisters.
We certainly must be aware of attempts like these to muddy the waters further during this election season and call people out when you see something that is blatantly false.
Here’s my email to these two “reporters” –
My dearest Sonam and David,
I’ve seen wanna-be “journalists” troll the president and other conservatives. People like Chris Cuomo and Rachel Maddow regularly spin and embellish actual storylines to fit their narrative and attempts to make the president look bad. I get that.
I understand that there are people who want to see Trump, and conservatives in general, lose as many elections as they enter – just like some media types on the right do towards leftist politicians and activists.
Rachel Maddow, for example, tried to sue a conservative group for slander because they said she was falsifying and embellishing things to the point of being “fake news” – a judge in California’s 9th Circuit ruled against her suit (with prejudice) because the judge determined that her lies and embellishments were so over-the-top that she couldn’t be taken seriously, and therefore, had no basis for a slander suit.
Enter David Choi and Sonam Sheth. What you two have done surpasses the ratings hogs like Cuomo and Maddow – you damned well knew that Trump never called DEAD MARINES “losers and suckers”, yet you ran the story anyway.
Seems that you’re both stuck on that “loser” word, as I’ve seen it come up several times in your “work.” That word…”loser” strikes anger into military hearts and minds, because we veterans are all taught that to lose means to die, so there is no losing in our sport.
You also (obviously) know that military people support the conservative choice this election, mainly because this president has resurrected the military of old in massive spending to rebuild a fighting force that Obama and Biden gutted in favor of social programs and social experiments.
David, you especially are reprehensible in this action since you served in the Army and choose now to lie against your commander in chief for whatever gain it gets you. Despicable and cowardly.
I’m sure you’ve both received mail and message on this topic, both in support of your false words by those ineffectual hipster beta fools who may follow you and conservative military people who look on you with disdain.
I know two things that you’ve clearly taken advantage of here:
(1) People generally stop at the headlines and run with it, not reading the text of an article – I found that out after seeing ignorant comments on the several hundred articles I’ve written where people didn’t read past the headline and started talking without understanding, and
(2) Cognitive bias of the anti-Trump and anti-conservative crowds is strong, and because they WANT this to be true, to them, it is.
Here’s where you truly fouled up – 60 days out from the general election, you publish a patently and boldly false article with no supportive statements, and sit back and watch the world burn.
You’re not journalists, regardless of your education and previous accomplishments – you’re typewriter terrorists who have given up the ability to be reporters and have turned to subversion to overthrow a government.
I doubt you have any shame, but if you can muster any at all, I hope you feel it. You’re both cowardly liars who aren’t journalists or reporters – you’re partisan hacks who are worse than Cuomo or Maddow – at least, in their defense, Cuomo and Maddow START with a truthful story and lie about it after-the-fact through their amateurish and “sky-is-falling” techniques – you both started with a bold-faced lie and never blinked an eye.
James E. Lewis, M.Ed., CDS
Columnist / Author
Technical Expert Witness
A word to the people like David and Sonam who choose to begin an article or statement with a lie – those of us who know the truth are paying attention and are looking for your “work.” And we read much more than the headlines.
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