Donald Trump insults the very veterans he's speaking to: "We don't win at the military anymore"

"We don't win at anything," he added, "we're not good"

By Scott Eric Kaufman
Published January 29, 2016 8:20AM (UTC)
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During Donald Trump's "Special Event for Veterans," Trump couldn't help but introduce a little campaign rhetoric into his celebration of the armed forces.

"We need to make our military so big, so powerful, we never have to use it. I see generals on television who are retired, but they're all talking," he said. "I want generals who want action," he added, apparently unaware that he was directly contradicting what he'd said all of twenty seconds earlier.


"I want General Pattons, I want General MacArthurs," Trump continued, "I want people who are going to keep up safe. So I just say this, we're a country that doesn't win anymore. We don't win on trade, we don't win at the military, we don't beat ISIS."

"We don't do anything -- we're not good." But if Trump's elected, "we're going to get used to winning again. We're going to win at the military, we're going to win at the border, we're going to win on trade."

"We are going to win again -- at every single level -- and we're not going to be laughed at by the rest of the world, and believe me, they laugh at our stupidity." Trump launched into a story about sending weapons to allies overseas, and having to listen to members of the armed forces tell him that "they have the new versions of the weapons we use, they have the best weapons -- the enemy."


He also obliquely addressed claims that the Donald J. Trump Foundation has not lived up to its promise to support veterans by saying there was "a list of organizations we're donating too outside, and we picked ones with heart, because the heart is so important."

Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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