President Donald Trump on Friday paid tribute to American veterans who served in the Vietnam War -- and then got pummeled by Twitter followers who slammed his past history of dodging the draft in the 1960s.
"On this Vietnam War Veterans Day, we celebrate the brave Vietnam Veterans and all of America’s Veterans," the president wrote on Twitter. "Thank you for your service to our great Nation!"
On this Vietnam War Veterans Day, we celebrate the brave Vietnam Veterans and all of America’s Veterans. Thank you… https://t.co/g7Pm55xR1o— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1553863731.0
While this sort of tribute would normally not be controversial, Trump's actions during the height of the Vietnam War opened him up for ridicule. In particular, Trump received multiple medical deferments from serving in Vietnam due to what one doctor described as "bone spurs" in his foot.
In fact, the daughters of the late Dr. Larry Braunstein, a one-time podiatrist based in Queens, told the New York Times last year that their father helped President Donald Trump escape getting drafted during the Vietnam War by fabricating a diagnosis of bone spurs in his feet.
Given all this, the response to Trump's tribute to Vietnam vets was swift and merciless -- check out some responses below.
@realDonaldTrump Thank you for your lack of service and your fraudulent bone spurs. Asshole.— Dr. Jeffrey Guterman (@Dr. Jeffrey Guterman)1553863784.0
@realDonaldTrump Thank you Lieutenant Bone Spurs!— Kevin E (@Kevin E)1553863796.0
@realDonaldTrump I think I would have maybe NOT tweeted this if my name were Donald Trump.— CookieSmart (@CookieSmart)1553863803.0
@realDonaldTrump mister president sir, I have a question: will you be visiting the final resting place of the soldi… https://t.co/DiKIaHoteS— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich)1553863843.0
@realDonaldTrump You missed the part where you apologize to John McCain's family who was a true hero who served this nation!— Bruce Gamsey (@Bruce Gamsey)1553864080.0
@realDonaldTrump You really have to wonder what Vietnam might be like if it was around today. Would they have youth… https://t.co/44QYtYkrWo— Coach Letterman (@Coach Letterman)1553863991.0
@realDonaldTrump * cough https://t.co/TdNneNN91A— peanut (@peanut)1553864511.0
@realDonaldTrump Thank You Veterans without Bone Spurs and Rich Parents— Build Blake Better (@Build Blake Better)1553864338.0