Today, President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on NFL players who protest the national anthem by pitting veterans against athletes — a move that pundit Van Jones claims is akin to using soldiers as debate props.
While appearing on an Anderson Cooper 360 panel, the CNN political commentator slammed the president for employing the service of veterans to boost his battle against protesters — Jones making the point that Trump himself evaded serving in the military.
Jones said the following to explain fallacies in Trump’s remarks on national anthem protests:
“The president said, ‘I went to talk veterans who are hurting and that’s why I’m standing up.’ Hold on a second. You got a bunch of DREAMers who are in the military right now — he’s not standing up for them or transgender [service members]. When [Trump] got the chance to serve, he said his foot hurt. Don’t use our soldiers and drag them in the debate to make yourself look better. Let’s deal with the issue.”
The comments Jones referenced include Trump saying players who kneel for the Star Spangled Banner “disrespect” injured soldiers, specifically veterans he’s visited at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. “For people to disrespect that by kneeling during the playing of our national anthem I think is disgraceful,” said Trump during a joint press conference with Spain’s prime minister today.
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