The main stream media was quick to demand and apology or walk back from Donald Trump on what they saw as insensitive remarks regarding PTSD. They failed to note how they took his phrasing out of context and spun it to the meaning that would make The Donald look bad. This veteran points to the real culprits who owe all veterans an apology.
As Written By Sean Parnell for The Hill:
Donald Trump, while speaking to a veterans’ group in Virginia this week, landed again in the media’s crosshairs. The Republican presidential nominee was accused of suggesting military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are “weak”.
As an Afghanistan combat veteran diagnosed with PTSD after my service, I was initially concerned by this news. But looking past the sensationalistic headlines, there’s far less to this supposed “gaffe” than meets the eye.
As with most reporting on this year’s presidential election, which goes to great lengths to twist facts to suit a vehemently anti-Trump narrative, one should check the exact wording of what was actually said before making a conclusion. Here’s the precise quote from a transcript of Trump’s remarks:
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……
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