Election 2016 Iraq

Retired General Blasts Trump for Saying U.S. Troops Are “Living Well” Off Stolen Money

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sank to a new low at a campaign rally in North Carolina last night where he accused Iraq War veterans of "living well" off the reconstruction funds (taxpayer dollars) they stole.

TRUMP: How about bringing baskets of money, millions and millions of dollars, and handing it out? I want to know who are the soldiers who had that job, 'cause I think they're living very well right now whoever they may be.

A Trump campaign spokesperson claims Trump was referring to Iraqi soldiers, but this is not the first time he has claimed American troops stole taxpayer money. Trump said something a little more explicit last September.

TRUMP: Remember when they were handing 50 million dollars of cash -- cash!-- they were going through Afghanistan paying off; I want to know who are the soldiers that are carrying cash, 50 million dollars, cash! How stupid are we? I wouldn't be surprised, if those soldiers, I wouldn't be surprised if that cash didn't get there I have to be honest.

Retired Major General Paul Eaton, who served in Iraq, issued a statement today blasting Trump for all of his various embarrassments, not just this one.

via VoteVets:

"From saying he doesn't like POWs because they were captured, to trying to get disabled veterans kicked out from in front of Trump Tower, to belittling service by calling his sexual exploits in the 80s his "personal Vietnam," it is clear Trump has no respect for military service, or the people who serve.

"For him to smear our troops and veterans as he has, it is disqualifying, as far as I am concerned."

Of all the things I imagined we would see from the Republican presidential nominee this year, accusing Iraq War veterans of "living well" off stolen money wasn't one of them.

This could be seen as particularly insulting given Trump's shady record of claiming he raises and donates money for veterans but only making an actual donation when he gets caught for not doing so.

  • Badgerite

    Mr. “Authentic”. Hmmmph. Way to go Mr. Ryan. Reeeeeally good judgement call on that endorsement thing.
    Not content to mock those suffering from Spina Bifida, your nominee for president thought it would be a good idea to impugn the integrity of our troops serving in combat zones. The man with a gazillion deferments and a ‘bone spur’. And you are thinking what? Wow. What a great Commander-in Chief this guy would make?

  • muselet

    Anne Laurie at Balloon Juice:

    It was predictable that the first place Lord Short Thumb’s brain went would be “There was cash sitting around unguarded? Hey, who wouldn’t steal a brick or six?”


    • Indeed..the thief who thinks everyone else must be stealing too like the cheater who thinks everyone else is cheating, the liar who thinks…Why are conservatives so very good at projection?

  • mnpollio

    I swear every time that mouth opens some easily debunked vile insult falls out of it. One would hope this would give the faux-rah-rah-for-the-troops conservative Republicans an incentive to stay away, but chances are they will merely excuse it and move on…nothing to see here. I would, however, love to see a few of his supporters have their feet held to the fire on TV by asking how they can condone his disrespect for the troops since that would be exactly what was done if a liberal espoused any of this nonsense.

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    I hope this loud mouth con man keeps insulting everyone and erodes his support further.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      It’s interesting, actually.

      Just like African Americans are a solid bastion of support on the left, the military has long been a solid bloc of support for the right. Much of it, I think, has to do with the machismo and toxic-masculinity that seems so prevalent on the right, so I think it might be (generally) very erosion-resistant.

      That said, I’m thrilled to see him biting the hand that feeds him. I don’t think these people are going to vote for Hill, but I do think this narrative might move a significant number of them onto the sidelines.