Young Turks host Ana Kasparian slammed Republicans on Wednesday — Veteran’s Day — for dismissing any question about US military actions like the Iraq War by accusing critics of “not respecting the troops.”
“No, you don’t respect the troops,” she argued. “You use the troops as an excuse to go to war in a country where we don’t belong. And on top of that, you deny them of incredibly important health benefits so they can get the treatment they need when they come back to the United States.”
Many veterans, Kasparian said, are targeted by recruiters because they come from low-income communities.
“Recruiters will go to them and say, ‘Hey you know what? Here’s a chance for you to turn your life around,'” she said. “Once they’re out of the military or once they come back, they don’t have the same type of safety net that the middle class or the upper middle class have.”
Without that kind of safety net, she said, it is easier for them to become homeless. Co-host John Iadarola underscored her argument by citing a Vocativ report stating that there are still nearly 50,000 homeless veterans in the US, and more than 1.2 million veterans currently lacking health care.
Iadarola also recalled the build-up leading to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, with conservatives using the phrase “support our troops” at every opportunity.
“We know now that ‘Support Our Troops’ means now what it always meant,” he said. “It means,’ Do not question the military adventure that we are proposing right now. That’s all it means. Veterans, after they’ve served — for most politicians, especially Republicans but some Democrats, as well — serve one or two limited purposes. You put them in back of you for photo ops or speeches, or maybe one or two of them who have told you in advance they will launch the next series of wars, you can put them up as potential congressmen.”
Watch the discussion, as aired on Wednesday, below.
Trump ‘is hemorrhaging support’ and is flailing badly to win it back: reporter
President Donald Trump is trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden in the polls, and one veteran journalist said that he seems clueless about how to stop the bleeding.
Journalist Alex Wagner, the host of Showtime's "The Circus," told CNN on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's flailing attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci and "60 Minutes'" Lesley Stahl are not part of some grand strategy to stage a comeback in the 2020 presidential election.
"The idea that President Trump has somehow hatched a multi-pronged plan to make a closing argument in the last remaining days of the election is a fallacy," she said. "He is hemorrhaging support among suburban women and seniors, and what is he doing? Taking on a fight with the elder statesmen of the most venerable news brand in America. She is an older woman at precisely the time he needs to be getting women and seniors."
Sam Elliott narrated a powerful new Joe Biden ad — and it aired during Game 1 of the World Series
Actor Sam Elliott narrated a new ad for Joe Biden that aired during Game 1 of the World Series.
"There is only America," Elliott said. "No Democratic rivers, no Republican mountains, just this great land and all that's possible on it -- with a fresh start."
"Cures we can find, futures we can shape, work to reward, dignity to protect," Elliott continues, as the Star Spangled Banner plays quietly on a piano in the background.
"There is so much we can do if we choose to take on problems and not each other," the narrator continues. "And choose a president who brings out our best."
WATCH: Trump had his microphone muted on Tuesday — at his own rally
At President Donald Trump's Tuesday evening rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, a sound problem resulted in the president's microphone being unexpectedly cut in the middle of his speech.
"I think we have every endorsement including New York's Finest, New York City's Finest, we love our—" Trump was saying. At that point, the microphone cut out, and the president continued talking inaudibly.
It took several moments for technicians to restore the audio, at which point the president walked toward a row of sign-toting fans standing behind him.
The President’s mic gets muted at his own rally pic.twitter.com/XPOyIeGdDm