Disgraced former POW Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy in a military court on Monday.
Hours before he pleaded guilty, an interview surfaced in which he places the blame for his plea on President Donald Trump.
In an interview done last year with British filmmaker Sean Langan, and aired Monday by ABC, Bergdahl cited President Trump’s comments about him, and the exchange of Taliban prisoners to secure his release, as the reason he could not get a fair trial.
“We may as well go back to kangaroo courts and lynch mobs that got what they wanted,” he said. “The people who want to hang me, you’re never going to convince those people.”
He also expressed anger at those who are enraged that he abandoned his post and, subsequently, caused the deaths of fellow service members who went looking for him.
“You know*, it’s just insulting frankly,” he said. “It’s very insulting, the idea that they would think I did that.”
In a January interview with NBC News the president called Bergdahl a “dirty rotten traitor” and smashed former President Obama’s deal making.
“We get a traitor (and) they get five people that they have wanted for nine years and they’re back on the battlefield trying to kill everybody, including us,” he said.
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Bergdahl told Langan that his time with the Taliban was brutal.
“It was getting so bad that I was literally looking at myself, you know, looking at joints, looking my ribs and just going, ‘I’m gonna die here from sickness, or I can die escaping,'” he said. “You know, it didn’t really matter.”
Is that President Trump’s fault too?
There was not a lot of sympathy for Bergdahl on social media.
Poor baby, now he is blaming Trump for his own treasonous actions? Wish they would not let him plea deal.
— MW (@w74675011) October 16, 2017
Traitor whining about fair trial! Perhaps you should have reminded this traitor of 6 soldiers who died looking for him! Shame on you @ABC
— DeplorableAsianGirl (@RNelson1994) October 16, 2017
FAIR has Nothing to do with it! – Leaving your Post -was your first mistake -Second Mistake being taken alive.
— Vazhog (@Vazhog) October 16, 2017
Trump certainly isn’t the only one saying Bergdahl is a cowardly traitor.
— SconnieGirl (@TesserBarbara) October 16, 2017
Traitor wants to place blame with POTUS…. Sorry, you deserted your post for your own behalf. No one wants to take responsibility anymore!
— Big Hits (@young5skiers) October 16, 2017
Right blame it on Trump you traitor
— hey over here (@Budd0427) October 16, 2017
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Updated: This article was updated with Bergdahl’s plea after publication.
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