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Purple Heart Recipients Slam Trump: “No One Should Ever ‘Want’ to Get One of These”

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Iraq War Vets Chastise Republican Nominee for Callous and Crass Comments

The Trump campaign is five days into what’s shaping up to be one of if not the biggest disaster it has created for itself to date: the Republican nominee’s repeated attacks on a Gold Star Muslim American family who lost their U.S. soldier son to a suicide bomber. Humayun Khan died while protecting his fellow soldiers, and his parents, Khizr and Ghazala Khan, have publicly denounced Trump as a man who does not know the meaning of “sacrifice,” who has not read the constitution, and who “is a black soul.”

Trump opted to fight back, hard, and repeatedly, while urging congressional Republicans to rush to his aid. They have not. In fact, Tuesday morning, one GOP Congressman became the first to announce come November he will cross party lines and vote for Hillary Clinton.

At a Virginia rally late Tuesday morning, Trump told supporters that just that morning a vet had handed him his purple heart. In response, Trump told the audience, “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.”

Needless to say, many were instantly shocked.

The Purple Heart is awarded to U.S. service members who are wounded or killed while serving their country, or who die from wounds sustained while serving their country.

Iraq War veteran Sean Barney was one of those offended.

“As someone who fought for our country in Iraq, was injured, and was awarded a Purple Heart, I can tell you, no one should ever ‘want’ to get a Purple Heart,” Barney, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives who retired from the Marine Corps, said on Facebook.

“Again and again, Donald Trump has proven that he is unfit to be the Commander in Chief of our armed forces. As Khizr Khan poignantly argued, Donald Trump has not sacrificed for this country and he does not understand duty to any cause other than himself.”

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Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, also an Iraq War veteran, and the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, also shared her thoughts via social media:

Eric Alva, the first Marine seriously injured in the Iraq War, posted a strong rebuke to Trump via Facebook:

Omg I just started crying when I saw this. Donald Trump was given a Purple Heart today from a Veteran who wanted to give…

Posted by Eric Alva on Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Alva, an LGBT rights activist who played a very large role in the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” also posted the photo below to Facebook, writing:

“My Purple Heart! You have no idea Donald Trump what this medal is about. It is sacred and for you to joke and say ‘this was much easier,’ there are no words except, god help you!!”

“Shame shame shame on you Sir,” Alva added.

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CBS News reporter Steven Portnoy via Twitter notes John Bircher, spokesperson for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, also slammed Trump’s offensive comments:

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Watch: Stacey Abrams Announces She’s Running for Governor of Georgia

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Stacey Abrams has just announced she is running for governor of Georgia. Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives for more than six years ran for governor in 2018, losing by a slim margin to then Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in a race many saw as tainted by his voter suppression actions.

Abrams went on to become a highly-effective voting rights advocate and activist, and many credit her with helping elect Joe Biden president by helping him win the state by registering an estimated 800,000 more voters.

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‘The Former President Was Suggesting People Inject Bleach’: Psaki Smacks Down Doocy Over COVID Deaths

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was quick to scuttle Fox News’ president anti-Biden propagandist after he tried to turn today’s news about then-President Donald Trump hiding the results of his positive COVID test barely days before standing on stage with Joe Biden at a Sept. 2020 debate into a story about President Joe Biden’s success in scuttling the pandemic.

“There’s a lot of talk about the first Trump-Biden debate today,” Doocy began. “But at the second one in 2021, roughly 220,000 Americans had already died of COVID. Joe Biden said about Trump, ‘anyone who was responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the United States of America.’ Is that still the standard now that more Americans have died under President Biden?

“I think the fundamental question here is what are you doing to save lives and protect people?” Psaki responded, with a tinge of anger. “And the former president was suggesting people inject bleach. He apparently, reportedly didn’t even share with people he was going to interact with that he had tested positive for COVID himself. He continued to provide a forum for misinformation, which probably led to people not getting, not taking steps forward to get to protect themselves, to wear a mask, to eventually get vaccinated. This President has made the vaccine widely available. He’s relied on the health – the advice of his health and medical experts, and he is trying to be a part of solving this crisis, getting the pandemic under control. And I think there’s a pretty stark difference between their approaches. ”

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‘Basically Game Over’: Legal Experts Say SCOTUS Likely to Gut Abortion – and There’s a ‘Lot More on the Chopping Block’

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Legal experts are weighing in after listening to Wednesday morning’s Supreme Court oral arguments on abortion, and they’re almost entirely certain the 6-3 conservative majority will gut Roe v. Wade – the only question is how much.

Bloomberg News Supreme Court reporter says there’s no question that the Supreme Court “seem poised to slash abortion rights” and maybe worse.

Slate’s legal expert Mark Joseph Stern predicts that, in his opinion, basically by the end of next year – six months after the Supreme Court hands down its decision in today’s case – half the states across the country will have abortion bans in place.

To those who say women can just travel to a state that doesn’t ban abortion, University of California, Irvine School of Law law and political science professor and election law expert Rick Hasen offers this question:

And Hasen made clear it won’t stop there.

He says, “it won’t end with overturning Roe and allowing guns outside the home. There’s a lot more on the chopping block coming in terms of voting rights, LGBTQ rights, environmental protection, immigration, and more. Decades of work by the conservative legal movement is paying off.”

NYU law professor Melissa Murray agrees it’s not just about abortion.

Stern observes this one “question from Amy Coney Barrett is basically game over for Roe.” The far right wing faith-based justice says now that women can simply give up a child for adoption after giving birth means there’s no reason to not ban abortion.

 

 

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