Sunday, May 1, 2011

Donald Trump Lies About Vietnam Draft

Like every other "conservative" candidate out there today, and yes I consider Trump a candidate, Trump has a problem with the truth.  Whether it is a reluctance to accept the truth or inability to determine fact from fiction, Trump has a problem with the overall concept of what separates real and fake.  This could not be any more evident then in a recent interview in which Trump claimed to have avoided being drafted during Vietnam because he "got lucky" and ""had a very high draft number."

According to The Smoking Gun, Trump's accounts are different from Selective Service records:
By the time his number (356) was drawn during the December 1, 1969 draft lottery, Trump had already received four student deferments and a medical deferment, according to military records on file with the National Archives and Records Administration. An extract of Trump’s Selective Classification record, seen here, was provided in response to a TSG records request.
Not only did Trump confuse student and medical deferments from a high draft number, Trump also seemed to fabricate the entire events surrounding how lucky he really was.

Trump claimed to have been in college when the draft pick occurred but again The Smoking Gun shot down that lie. 

“I was sitting at college, watching," Said Trump.  "I was going to the Wharton School of Finance. And I was watching as they did the draft numbers and I got a very, very high number and those numbers [they] never got up to.”

According to the truth, the draft lottery occurred eighteen months after Trump graduated from school.

Now I don't know about you but I think that sounds pretty strange.  Trump claimed it odd that nobody from the president's school days ever stepped forward to talk about the president but then here is a guy who can't seem to get his story straight regarding an important moment in his life - not having to go fight in a war.  I think that if I was facing freedom and being forced into military service, only to escape, I would probably remember that day perfectly. 

1 comment:

  1. And while we are at it, where are Trump's grades?

    I want him to release his grades!


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