The New York Times today decided to revisit Donald Trump‘s draft determents following his comments about Khizr Khan and his own personal sacrifice.
Not only did Trump criticize the Gold Star parents for calling him out, but he said that his idea of sacrifice is running a business and employing thousands of people.
And so tonight, the Times chose to spotlight the five separate deferments he received during Vietnam. Four of them were education-related. One was due to this:
[H]e received a diagnosis that would change his path: bone spurs in his heels.
The diagnosis resulted in a coveted 1-Y medical deferment that fall, exempting him from service in Vietnam when the United States was undertaking huge troop deployments to Southeast Asia, inducting about 300,000 men into the military that year.
Now, Trump’s deferments have been public knowledge for a long time. One of his most infamously stunning quotes is his 1997 comment to Howard Stern that sleeping around was “my personal Vietnam.”
When he was confronted about his deferments last year, Trump could not remember which foot had the spur.
The Times revealed they recently reached out to Trump about this:
In an interview with The New York Times last month, Mr. Trump said the bone spurs had been “temporary” — a “minor” malady that had not had a meaningful impact on him. He said he had visited a doctor who provided him a letter for the local draft board, which granted him the medical exemption. He could not remember the doctor’s name.
“I had a doctor that gave me a letter — a very strong letter on the heels,” Mr. Trump said in the interview.
Asked to provide The Times with a copy of the letter, which he had obtained as his fourth student deferment was set to expire, Mr. Trump said he would have to look for it. A spokeswoman later did not respond to repeated requests for copies of it.
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