The Republican presidential nominee may have just stepped in it once again with new controversial comments about veterans.
In a week of bad news for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, his latest comments about veterans may add to his troubles. Critics are seizing on comments Trump made to a room of veterans in Reston, Va., on Monday when asked about whether he would support faith-based programs to help promote mental health for veterans. He said the following:
“When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks 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. They see events that you couldn’t see in a movie, nobody would believe it.”
Critics called the comments offensive, and at the very least unprofessional and unpresidential. It’s not the first time he’s criticized veterans, slamming the Gold Star parents of Army Capt. Humayun Khan after they criticized him, and claiming Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was not a hero because he was captured and put in a prison of war camp in Vietnam.
The comments are not likely to impact his broad support with veterans, but it does open him up to more criticism. His supporters argued that he was drawing attention to veterans issues.
Many Trump-supporting veterans lashed out at the media after news of the story broke, arguing that they were trying to tear down the Republican candidate and twisting his words to mean something else.