Trump lied to troops during Iraq visit: Darcy cartoon

December 30, 2018

Trump lied to troops during Iraq visit: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- President Trump decided to end the year by shutting down the government and lying to troops during his first visit to a combat zone.

During a surprise visit to Iraq, ‘Deferment Donald’ falsely bragged to troops that he had gotten them a 10 percent pay raise, and that it was their first increase in ten years.

“You protect us. We are always going to protect you.  And you just saw that, ’cause you just got one of the biggest pay raises you ever received...You haven’t gotten one in more than 10 years.  More than 10 years.  And we got you a big one.  I got you a big one.  I got you a big one.”

“They had plenty of people that came up, they said, ‘You know, we could make it smaller.  We could make it 3%, we could make it 2%, we could make it 4%.  I said ’No.  Make it 10%.  Make it more than 10%.    ’Cause it’s been  a long time, it’s been more than 10 years.  Been more than 10 years, that’s a long time.”

It’s been a really long time since Trump told the truth.   The truth is the military has gotten a yearly pay increase for more than three decades.  They received 2.4% increase in 2018.  Under the National Defense Authorization Act, troops will receive a 2.6% increase in 2019.

On the heels of Trump’s visit to Iraq, came news casting more doubt on Trump’s claim of having bone spurs in his feet, which was the basis of the multiple deferments he received from serving in the Vietnam war.

The daughters of the podiatrist who diagnosed Trump with bone spurs, told The New York Times their father only made the diagnoses as a favor to Fred Trump, Donald’s dad.

Dr. Larry Braunstein’s medical office was in a Queens building owned by Fred Trump.   “If there was anything wrong in the building, my dad would call and (Fred) Trump would take care of it immediately,” Elysa Braunstein told the NYT.

U.S. troops do deserve a 10% pay increase.  Government workers also deserve not to miss a paycheck because of the Trump-Limbaugh-Coulter government shutdown.  All government workers, military and civilian, also deserve a Commander-in-Chief who doesn’t constantly lie.

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