Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Trump Is Against the GI Bill (or Doesn't Know What It Is)

Donald Trump has declared himself against the 1944 law called the GI Bill that gives veterans special benefits as thanks for their service to the country.
In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Monday, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump said that he does not support the G.I. Bill.

The G.I. Bill, or Servicemen's Readjustment Act, was implemented in 1944 following World War II. It was designed to help service members returning from war cover the costs associated with getting an education or training. It includes low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, cash payments of tuition and living expenses to attend university, high school or vocational program, as well as one year of unemployment compensation.

In the exchange with Cuomo, Trump asserted that he did not want to hurt our vets and that he was going to help them. But when pressed as to whether he supported the G.I. Bill, Trump said he did not.

CHRIS CUOMO: “Is that a yes, “I do support the current GI bill?”
DONALD TRUMP: “No. I want to bring jobs back to our country and make the country grow again. I just traveled. I won so many states in a row in massive landslides and part of the reason was trade.”

Though, to be fair, it has been suggested that Trump doesn't have any idea what the GI Bill is and fell into his basic pattern of going to his memorized speech when he's confused.

However, it does go along with Trump not regretting saying John McCain was not a hero and not liking people who are captured (like POW's) because his polling went up seven points. Donald J. Trump doesn't like to regret anything no matter what the fallout.

H/T Thomas Lamb and Josh Perry


OregonGuy said...

didn't he serve in the marine corpse?

T. D. said...

Don Imus did. Trump got deferments--educational and then medical.

"In October 1968, he was declared medically unfit to serve except "in time of national emergency," even though he had been declared fit to serve in 1966.

"In 1972, Trump was ultimately declared ineligible for service and given a final 4-F deferment.

"The documents do not specify the reasons Trump was given a medical deferment. Nor do the documents categorically suggest it was deferments and not a high draft number that ultimately allowed him to avoid the draft."

OregonGuy said...

Well, then he is as least as competent as the current resident.

T. D. said...

On most things, yes. On deferment, Obama never faced that but one assumes he would have done whatever was necessary to avoid military service as Trump did.