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Matthew C. Scheck is an automation engineer, freelance writer, and former US Army Medic. Mr. Scheck resides in Philadelphia and travels extensively for work and pleasure.

The Abhorrent Pig Trump

Whether Trump called dead American Marines “losers,” or whether he said people who serve in the military are “suckers,” he is on record sneering at John McCain’s military service, which was enough for me to hold him in contempt and dislike him even more than I already did for over three decades of him being an annoying public figure who has always been obtuse, cartoonishly self-aggrandizing, copiously lying, morally and ethically sleazing, and so many other pathologies too numerous to list. That this abhorrent jerk is President is an American tragedy.
On politics, I thought John McCain was a right-wing jerk and arrogant tool. My contempt for the man’s political positions couldn’t be any greater than it was. I loathed him as a US Senator and was vehemently opposed to nearly every ideal and position he stood for. I thought he was a creep, a too-aggressive militarist, an obsequious lackey for the oligarchy, and an enemy of the working class. I abhorred John McCain the politician.
But his military service? Sure, he got into the Naval Academy because his daddy and grandaddy were 4-star admirals. Sure, he was a terrible student there. He probably wasn’t a particularly great pilot either. However, just read about his time as a POW and tell me he wasn’t a hero.

In mid-1968, his father John S. McCain Jr. was named commander of all U.S. forces in the Vietnam theater, and the North Vietnamese offered McCain early release because they wanted to appear merciful for propaganda purposes and also to show other POWs that elite prisoners were willing to be treated preferentially. McCain refused repatriation unless every man taken in before him was also released. Such early release was prohibited by the POWs’ interpretation of the military Code of Conduct which states in Article III: ‘I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.’ To prevent the enemy from using prisoners for propaganda, officers were to agree to be released in the order in which they were captured.

Beginning in August 1968, McCain was subjected to a program of severe torture. He was bound and beaten every two hours; this punishment occurred at the same time that he was suffering from heat and dysentery. Further injuries brought McCain to ‘the point of suicide,’ but his preparations were interrupted by guards. Eventually, McCain made an anti-U.S. propaganda ‘confession.’ He had always felt that his statement was dishonorable, but as he later wrote, ‘I had learned what we all learned over there: every man has his breaking point. I had reached mine.’ Many U.S. POWs were tortured and maltreated in order to extract ‘confessions’ and propaganda statements; virtually all of them eventually yielded something to their captors. McCain received two to three beatings weekly because of his continued refusal to sign additional statements.

The very definition of a hero: John McCain.

Does that sound like a hero? You’re goddamn right it does. John McCain was a great American hero. I honor his service and sacrifice for this country. Thus a non-serving asshole like Trump casting aspersions on a hero disqualifies him from being Commander in Chief of the US Military. PERIOD. All Veterans should stand firm on this. Complain all you want about the morality of wars our heroes fought. Of course question the politics. However, if you are running for public office, don’t you EVER sneer at or mock the service of the men and women who sacrificed for this country. One thing I won’t do is vote for any asshole who does this. Ever.

What did Trump do during Vietnam? He hid behind daddy’s money and claimed he had bone spurs in his feet to avoid military service. Good for him. Maybe Vietnam was no place for an American to fight a war. Mohammed Ali thought so and took a principled stance against the war that cost him his world title and millions in earnings. Many more Americans opposed the war, protested against it, and some even ran off to Canada to avoid the draft. I could never agree to do something like that, but I get it—not everyone needs to be a warrior for the USA to be patriotic or love this country. Most shouldn’t. You don’t even have to have served in the military to be President of the USA. But at the least, PLEASE, honor the ones who do sacrifice. Even your political enemies. I couldn’t stand McCain the politician, but McCain the Veteran? Loved him.

But Trump? He chickenshitted his way out of fighting in the war, OK, fine, but then had the fucking petty, bitchy, and childish gall to question McCain’s sacrifice while running for President? We’re so proud, Donny. Please vote this creep out of office.

The Greatest Tweet Ever!

Trump claimed he had bone spurs and avoided serving in Vietnam with medical and student deferments. To Trump, people who serve their country are “suckers,” and people who die for their country or become POWs are “losers.”

I am one of Trump’s “suckers” for serving in the US Army from 1982-1989 in the Medical Corps, and while it’s true I was admittedly more Beatle Bailey than Rambo and hardly a gung-ho warrior, my service to my country is the greatest accomplishment in my life and it made me a better citizen and human being. Fuck you, Donald Trump.

Veterans Against Trump

Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’

Veterans take notice. This insane and ignorantly solipsistic creep thinks sacrificing for your country is for suckers, that our brothers and sisters who die in wars or are captured are losers. He doesn’t love this country, he just loves himself. The rest of us are just props. This piece ran in The Atlantic, hardly a left-wing rag. All Vets and currently serving military, if you support this creep you really are a sucker. He doesn’t give a shit about duty, honor, country. He doesn’t even know that that means.

He hasn’t made America great, he’s turned it into an acrimoniously divided cesspool, a country quickly losing all the great honor it once earned by the blood of our bravely heroic military who saved Europe TWICE from destroying itself and defended our great country from Nazis and Commies and Jihadists and the Japanese Empire who all sought to destroy us.

Those who scarified for the USA weren’t suckers and losers, they were amazing patriots who put their country before themselves. Belleau Wood, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Pork Chop Hill, Dak To, Khe Sahn, Fallujah, Korengal Valley, among other battles, are where far too many of our bravest gave their lives serving this great country, and to have this asshole besmirch their sacrifice is reprehensible beyond belief. Agree or disagree with why we fought where we have in the past, but don’t shit on the memory of those who gave their lives serving. This creep hasn’t earned the right to badmouth our heroes. He and his chickenshit bone spurs can rot in hell.
He spits on our allies in NATO and cuddles like a little whore with dictators like Putin and Kim Jong-un and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He has no honor. He’s a poison to our great democracy. He needs to be resoundly defeated in the upcoming election. If you support him you are part of the problem, not the solution.