Media is all over Trump’s Vietnam record, but on the day that a boxing icon dies, which is big news apparently, they ignore Ali’s blatant disrespect of America and his own draft dodging ways. Via Salon:
In an article published last year in the New York Daily News, Wayne Barrett, a biographer of Donald Trump, is quoted as saying that Trump’s evasion of the draft “fit a pattern of avoidance than was commonplace in his generation.” I saw that referenced in a piece this week on Media Matters by Eric Boehlert, one criticizing the coverage of Trump’s lack of military service against the background of scalding press depictions of Bill Clinton and even of Al Gore and John Kerry, both of whom served in Vietnam.
As Boehlert noted:
(I)n the Rolling Thunder rally coverage, there was little press attention paid to the fact that Trump himself actively avoided the draft during the Vietnam War, which seemed relevant considering he was speaking to so many Vietnam vets at an event dedicated to honoring America’s prisoners of war and military members who are missing in action. Typically the campaign press lingers over issues of awkward optics like that. But not for Trump and Rolling Thunder.
While writing “the blunt-spoken Mr. Trump” “likes to stress his desire to strengthen the military and improve how veterans are treated,” The New York Times made no reference to Trump’s Vietnam avoidance.
The “pattern” that Barrett refers to is a bit more complicated than he lets on. For one thing, it was only “commonplace” among those of certain economic classes.
Like Muhammad Ali?
Given his past and knowledge of the situation at the time, I would think any veteran would be leery of supporting him.
Well then my friend, would you also think that all you media types sucking Muhammad Ali’s dead balls before he’s even six feat under should remove your support of the now dead boxer because he also dodged the Vietnam draft even though he was not conscientiously objecting, but merely looking out for himself too?