Trump promises to remove “PC culture” from military, media only reports one out of context statement

Donald Trump listening to veterans' questions during an event hosted by the Retired American Warriors Political Action Committee in Herndon, VA. (Screenshot from video below)

HERNDON, VA — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump promised to remove “PC culture” from military while speaking to a veterans group on Monday morning.

Trump spoke about cybersecurity, military readiness, veteran mental health and political agendas affecting the military but many media organizations only focused on a few comments he made regarding mental health.

For example, a Washington Post article titled, “Trump suggests military members with mental health issues aren’t ‘strong’ and ‘can’t handle it’ ” was published yesterday.

CNN published an article by Tom LoBianco, titled, “Donald Trump: Military suicides happen to servicemembers who ‘can’t handle it’

If a few comments are taken out of his entire statements, it could be argued that Trump really believes veterans who volunteered to fight wars are just weak people.  But objective reporting should give the reader all of the information, allowing them to form their own opinion.

During the event, hosted by the Retired American Warriors Political Action Committee, Trump told the veterans of the audience:

“When you talk about the mental health problems when people come back from war and combat and they see things 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. Now we need a mental help and medical. It is one of those things that is least addressed. It is one of things I hear the most about….when I go around and talk to the veterans. So we are going to have a very robust level of performance having to do with mental health. We are losing so many great people that can be taken care of if they have proper care.”

The Washington Post article -as many other articles did – mainly reported on a single quote, omitting the succeeding statements regarding plans to help veterans.  Their reporting suggested to the reader that he was belittling veterans while he may have actually been telling them that some need more help that what is being provided.

During the event, he actually told the veterans, “you’re strong and you can handle it but a lot of people can’t.” But no headlines published yesterday were titled, “Trump tells veterans:”your strong” but some need help that they are not getting”

Marine Staff Sgt. Chad Robichaux, whose question about mental health Trump was answering in his remarks, issued a statement after the event calling it “sickening that anyone would twist Mr. Trump’s comments.”

“I took his comments to be thoughtful and understanding of the struggles many veterans have,” he said.

One combat veteran asked Trump a question, that almost went unreported, about ending the “social engineering” in the military.

“Under this administration this [warrior] ethos has been under attack, in some cases undermined by the forces of political correctness. The military has become an institution of social experiments and as a result the military has gone under a number of changes to regulations with regard to women in combat, transgender rights and other issues. None of these “PC” actions were combat effective or readiness driven. In fact, the opposite is happening, deployability, readiness and moral are all adversely affected,” he said.

Trump received a loud applause when he replied by saying, “Well we are going to get away from political correctness and we are going to have to do that.”

Trump agreed with the veteran’s statement, saying some of the things the military is asking its members to do is “ridiculous”.

“We have a politically correct military, and it’s getting more and more politically correct every day,” said Trump.

He said he would listen to some of the the top enlisted leaders because they probably know better than anybody, and follow their recommendations.

“I will follow them very strongly,” he said.

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