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Dear Editor,

President Donald Trump continues to add to his shameful disrespect for the honorable men and women who have served our nation as members of the U.S. Armed Forces. And let’s not forget, this is a man who cowardly avoided military service during the Vietnam War by receiving five draft deferments, including one for sore feet.

Trump’s disdain for our military has a long history. Recall his vicious assault on Republican Sen. John McCain who was captured during the Vietnam War. Trump declared that McCain was “not a war hero,” and added, “I like people who weren’t captured.”

Recall the firing of Capt. Brett Crozier, commander of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, for courageously reporting a serious outbreak of COVID-19 on his ship to protect the sailors he commanded. Trump took no action to reverse the Navy’s unjust removal of Crozier, yet he praised and granted clemency to Navy Seal Chief Eddie Gallagher who was accused of heinous war crimes in Iraq and brought great dishonor to the Seals.

Recall classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the killing of American soldiers in Afghanistan. Trump, our commander in chief, took no punitive measures against Russia to cease such behavior and protect our troops.

Let us not forget Trump’s visit to France in 2018 where he refused to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery where many American troops who died in battle are buried. He, disgustingly, referred to those dead soldiers not as heroes, but as “losers” and suckers.”

Trump’s disdain for the American military also extends to its leadership. Back in 2015, he arrogantly told voters that “I know more about ISIS than the generals do. Believe me.” Later, Trump maligned and forced out several respected generals from his cabinet, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. Generals Mattis and McMaster cited Trump as a “danger to our Constitution.”

Most recently, Trump attacked Pentagon leaders accusing them of engaging in wars to boost the profit margin of defense manufacturing companies. This unsubstantiated accusation erodes the integrity of our military chain of command and could compromise our national security.

And one has to wonder why Trump continually attacks our NATO allies who have fought side by side with us on the battlefield helping to protect American interests. Much to the pleasure of Trump’s good friend, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, any fracture in our NATO alliance would weaken American security and prove advantageous to Russian expansionist desires.

Trump has proven on many fronts that he is an unfit president and commander in chief. He serves only to protect his own self-interests not to protect this nation’s Constitution, its democratic institutions and the American people. He is a man who lacks integrity, lies to the American people and has no moral compass.

Sadly, there are few “profiles in courage” in the Republican Party today who have the bravery to question and condemn Trump’s behavior. As an Air Force veteran who served his country and loves this nation, I call on all freedom-loving Americans to vote and relieve this charlatan of his command.

Sincerely,

Robert Eilek 

Temecula resident