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 for your service to our great Nation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2019
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.
old bone spurs back at it again https://t.co/TSIFwZooFc
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) March 29, 2019
On this Vietnam Veterans Day Trump, you're reminded that you dodged the draft 5 times…FIVE TIMES after your miserable excuse of a father paid a clinician to falsify a medical exemption…Don't go there 'Bone Spurs'
— Nick (@nickthegreek979) March 29, 2019
Thank you for your lack of service and your fraudulent bone spurs. Asshole.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) March 29, 2019
Thank you Lieutenant Bone Spurs!
— Kevin E (@ScottyPimppen) March 29, 2019
I think I would have maybe NOT tweeted this if my name were Donald Trump.
— CookieSmart (@ALSouthpaw) March 29, 2019
mister president sir, I have a question: will you be visiting the final resting place of the soldier who took your place? mister president, sir, I have a followup question: what's your tee time for today?
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) March 29, 2019
You missed the part where you apologize to John McCain's family who was a true hero who served this nation!
— Bruce Gamsey (@BruceGamsey) March 29, 2019
You really have to wonder what Vietnam might be like if it was around today. Would they have youth football?
Questions we’ll never know the answer to.
— Three Year Letterman (@3YearLetterman) March 29, 2019
* cough pic.twitter.com/TdNneNN91A
— peanut (@angrypeanut4) March 29, 2019
Thank You Veterans without Bone Spurs and Rich Parents
— Brexit Blake 🇬🇧🇪🇺 (@doozerblake) March 29, 2019