During a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Tuesday evening, Donald Trump blamed U.S. military soldiers of stealing money intended for reconstruction in Iraq.
As you can see in the short 30-second clip below, the bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor says that those delegated the job of “handing out baskets of money” in Iraq are “living very well right now.”
“How about bringing baskets of money — millions and millions of dollars and handing it out. I want to know who are the soldiers that had that job because I think they’re living very well right now whoever they may be.”
In is unclear at this time what would give Trump the notion that members of our military are thieves. Perhaps it’s the same source that charged Ted Cruz’s father, Southern Baptist minister Rafael Cruz, with the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Responses on social media ranged from being perplexed to outright outrage:
Hillary standing out there with a target on her back, and Trump chooses to attack American soldiers.
Shoot. Me. Now.
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) June 15, 2016
Trump denigrated POWs in Vietnam & now defames US soldiers in Iraq. Decent Republicans should repudiate him, and the party should dump him.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 15, 2016
Donald Trump has now twice accused American soldiers of stealing money from the war effort.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) June 15, 2016
— (((Judy Taya))) (@Judy_Taya) June 15, 2016
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) June 15, 2016
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) June 15, 2016
Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks said that “Mr. Trump was referring to Iraqi soldiers,” not the U.S. Military. However, as the last two tweets above indicate, this isn’t the first time that Trump made the accusation against our military so Hope’s attempt to clean up her boss’s mess doesn’t hold water, especially, if you watch the clip for yourself: