President TrumpDonald John Trump Michigan court reverses Trump’s unraveled joke joking “he will find a way” to remove Governor DeSantis if he loses in Florida Biden hits Trump’s response to governor’s attempted coup of Michigan: ‘What’s wrong this year?’ more doubles his decision to retweet an unfounded QAnon conspiracy theory that Osama bin Laden is still alive, a move that threatens to keep military members out of the election in less than three weeks. away.
Trump̵7;s rise of conspiracy theories that bin Laden’s death was fake and a double body killed instead stemmed from reports humiliating soldiers and his suggestion that he might have contracted a coronavirus from the Gold families Star.
Military observers say the president’s inclination to retweet material suspected about a military operation is unlikely to help gain any support.
“It will definitely not help him,” Gary Schmitt, a national security expert at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said of the retweets.
“Most people in the military are present voluntarily, they are racing, they are not just present during a president. They have a good feeling that they are dedicating themselves to a certain life and the president seems to be suggesting that, outside of however, they were deceived. “
“It is inevitable that the military will reversal its verdict,” Schmitt added.
Trump on Tuesday retweeted an account linked to QAnon’s conspiracy theory that propagated baseless allegations that bin Laden was still alive. The account has been suspended, but the next day Trump retweeted a video that pushed into baseless claims about bin Laden’s death.
“That’s someone’s opinion and that’s a retweet. I’ll put it there. People can decide for themselves,” Trump said of his retweets at his appearance in town hall on NBC Thursday night .
Pressed by his decision by NBC moderator Savannah Guthrie, Trump would not reject QAnon and simply replied: “That was a retweet, and I do a lot of retweets.”
But pushing for fraud, which also attempts to undermine a major military achievement that took place when his Democratic rival was in the White House, did not sit well with some former military members who had previously supported Trump.
Robert O’Neill – a former Navy SEAL public who claimed he killed bin Laden in the 2011 attack ordered by former President Obama – punished the president this week for upholding unfulfilled claims.
“Very brave men say [goodbye] to their children to kill Osama bin Laden. President Obama gave us the order. It is not a double body. Thank you Mr. President. O’Neill, who has publicly supported Trump in the past, tweeted on Tuesday.
“I know who I killed, homie. Whenever, “said O’Neill, a member of SEAL Team Six who raided bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Trump’s problems with the military escalated last month after The Atlantic reported that he called on U.S. troops killed in battle “suckers” and “losers.”
The president denied making comments, but tensions remained with the Pentagon by accusing the Defense Department leaders of deciding to send forces to war to appease defense contractors.
Earlier this month, Trump started a mini firestorm by suggesting he may have caught the coronavirus from Gold Star families at an event on Sept. 27 at the White House.
Trump, who enters Biden in both national polls and major battle battle states, has boosted his promotion on QAnon-linked Twitter accounts since spring. He has retweeted messages from such accounts at least 258 times, including at least 163 times since early March, according to Media Matters for America, a media watchdog.
But while the move may appeal to strong supporters at his base, he is unlikely to get any additional undecided voters, including those seen as centers on his base such as service members, veterans or other military supporters.
“If you are really trying to find people who have not been considered, it is hard to believe that this conspiracy will play well with them,” Schmitt told The Hill on Friday.
The tactic instead provided ammunition for his Democratic rival, including Biden’s running mate Sen. Kamala Harris |Kamala HarrisGeorgia senator laughs at Harris’ name before Trump rally: ‘Unexpectedly, I do not know’ ash pond | Trump reverses course, approves aid for California wildfts on Climate Change, national security is among the topics for the final Trump-Biden debate Romney killed Trump for refusing to denounce QAnon on national television MORE (D-Calif.).
Harris in the vice president’s debate last week cited several scandals associated with Trump’s military, including his removal of traumatic brain injuries in Iraq during the first year as a “headache” and his repeated again criticizing the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCain Leadership is important: The President’s words and actions show that he does not deserve to lead our country Budowsky: President Bush, please vote for the actions of the Supreme Court as a line for Lindsey Graham (R-Ariz.) For being a prisoner of war, to argue Trump has a “pattern” that humiliates the military.
For many in the military, Schmitt said, it is the downfall from these controversies that they may lose confidence.
“Trump came up with this idea that you never said you made a mistake. If you are a leader, the people who work for you in the military know that not only can they make mistakes but they will have done so,” Schmitt said.
“The inability to own up to the retweeting mistake needs to shake the confidence of those in the military [his] judgment, “he said.