Talk about grasping at straws.
Joe Biden and much of the mainstream media slammed Donald Trump for completely contrived criticism about America’s veterans.
Trump, in his casual and unscripted style, gave a long but thoughtful answer to a question about PTSD treatment that seemed — to most who bothered to hear the full response — to demonstrate a great deal of empathy for America’s veterans.
That didn’t stop Trump’s critics from making something out of nothing. No, it was worse than that, they tried to make something sinister out of something good.
In timely fashion, the mainstream media cherry-picked a sentence from his response and conducted another mass assault.
“When people come back from war and combat and they see maybe what people in this room have seen many times over — and you’re strong and you can handle it — but a lot of people can’t handle it and they see horror stories,” Trump said in a Townhall for veterans.
It was that comment that the media, and America’s Vice President, latched onto in the hopes of painting Trump a villain.
Case in point, MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin was giddy with spin:
Wow— powerful moment from Biden, slamming Trump for PTSD comments: “Where in the hell is he from?” Full clip here: https://t.co/cxGlfKaVeM pic.twitter.com/1soZubuJ04
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 4, 2016
“Where in the hell is he from?” Biden dramatically asked at a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton in Sarasota, Fla.
“I don’t think he was trying to be mean. He is just so thoroughly, completely uninformed.”
And it only took off from there. “Trump accuses veterans of being weak!” the media narrative roared.
But not so fast.
Marine Staff Sargent Chad Robichaux, who was diagnosed with PTSD after serving eight combat tours in Afghanistan, came out swinging in his defense of the Republican presidential candidate, ABC reported under the headline “Donald Trump under fire for comments on veterans with PTSD.”
“I think it’s sickening that anyone would twist Mr. Trump’s comments to me in order to pursue a political agenda,” Robichaux said. “I took his comment to be thoughtful and understanding of the struggles many veterans have, and I believe he is committed to helping them.”
The only thing sick here is media talking about PTSD for the first time in 2016 because they found words to use out of context for an attack pic.twitter.com/YSnKMbN3e2
— Democrats for Trump (@YoungDems4Trump) October 3, 2016
Trump campaign surrogate Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn also released a statement expressing profound disgust with the media.
“The media continues to operate as the propaganda arm of Hillary Clinton, as they took Mr. Trump’s words out of context in order to deceive voters and veterans — an appalling act that shows they are willing to go to any length to carry water for their candidate of choice.”
Trump supporters on social media also did their best to fight back:
Trump made a statement about PTSD today and liberals are outraged
Here it is in its entirety…? pic.twitter.com/RN6KuDrRnX
— Jared Wyand ?? (@JaredWyand) October 3, 2016
I love how liberals who claim to get PTSD from sidewalk chalk, pronouns, and opposing views, want to act like Trump made a mockery of PTSD.
— Deplorable Josh (@JoshNoneYaBiz) October 4, 2016
The media simply can’t handle truth sayers. https://t.co/2jzSWGi98q via @MailOnline
— Mom For Trump (@StacyBrewer18) October 4, 2016
The scum MSM and Hillary’s online lackeys, flunkies and toadies have been lying about this all day.https://t.co/cb6pHBFZIj
— Ted Joy (@TedJoy71) October 4, 2016
.@foxandfriends as with all other things Trump, the #MSM blows it way out of proportion.
— Deplorable Chris (@ckdrummer) October 4, 2016
.@SenScottBrown: Mainsteam media are turning Trump’s comments on veterans’ mental health into something it’s not pic.twitter.com/Nr9UDeNXsD
— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) October 4, 2016
In the end, veterans will have the last word:
New Fox News poll has Trump leading among veteran voters pic.twitter.com/UNZ4PR0jvs
— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) October 4, 2016
Video of Trump’s remarks via the AP can be viewed below under its not-so-subtly spun headline: “Trump on Veterans’ PTSD: Some Can’t Handle It”
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