Veteran John Binder published an open letter signed by 674 veterans conclusively refuting the Atlantic magazine’s accusations and defending President Trump’s patriotism.
Even Trump antagonist John Bolton refuted the magazine’s assertions.
Almost 700 veterans signed a letter saying they disagreed. See their entire letter below.
Last Thursday, the Atlantic magazine alleged that President Trump’s support of American soldiers is insincere. They did this by publishing an article that claimed the President canceled a planned visit to a French cemetery because he was worried his hair would be mussed by the wind and rain.
They further alleged that the president didn’t think the cemetery was worth a visit because the soldiers buried there are “losers.”
The event referred to in the Atlantic happened in 2018. President Trump had planned on visiting the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France, where Americans killed during World War I are buried.
However, the Secret Service told him they couldn’t land the Marine 1 helicopter due to bad weather. Trump suggested driving there, but this idea was also scuttled because it would snarl Paris traffic and take too long to get there on time.
This has been confirmed by the Secret Service, the Navy, and seven people who were with the President on the trip; Jordan Karem, Stephen Miller, Johnny DeStefano, Sarah Sanders, Hogan Gidley, Dan Scavino, and John Bolton.
Bolton went so far as to describe the reason for the trip’s cancellation in his anti-Trump memoir “The Room Where It Happened” as due to weather. In comments made Friday, he confirmed what he wrote in the book and added that he never heard the President say the things attributed to him by Atlantic reporter Jeffrey Goldberg.
Left out of the Atlantic’s story is that the day after the President was prevented from speaking at one French war cemetery, he spoke at another, in Suresnes, France. Not only that, the weather in Suresnes wasn’t that great either.
While reporters and other attendees at the event huddled under umbrellas in the rain, the then-72 year-old president delivered his comments in the open air without protection from the rain.
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The entire contents of the letter follow (from scrbd):
September 4, 2020To the American people:Recent baseless media attacks against President Trump from anonymous sources are just another example of the depths to whichthe President’s opponents are willing to descend to divide the nation and meddle in this election. Anyone who knows President Trump has seen his love and reverence for our military and veterans. That is why we, veterans from every generation, are writing today to reaffirm our support for President Trump.We heard these same attacks in 2018 immediately following the President’s trip to Paris, and they are just as fake now as they were then. The false allegations center on the President’s canceled trip to a military cemetery, which has been proven to be a “bad weather call” made for safety and security reasons. This has been proven by internal White House emails from the time, as well as by documents from the U.S. Navy, which clearly described weather as the reason for the cancellation. While the media relied on four anonymous individuals to manufacture the story, many more current and former White House officials have stepped forward and, on the record, refuted these baseless allegations. These on-the-record voices include the Secret Service agent in charge of the President’s detail and John Bolton – a vocal critic of the President – who described the “bad weather call” in his book and now says he did not hear the President say the things being attributed to him. No one should take this story seriously.Throughout his administration, President Trump has consistently stood by our men and women in uniform and cared for them once they have returned to civilian life. From groundbreaking legislation that provides veterans with real and permanent health care choice, to the largest-ever investment in the United States military, to his firm commitment to preventing endless wars and bringing troops home, President Trump has demonstrated his unwavering support for America’s service members time and time again. Moreover, he has spent countless hours as president visiting battlefields and cemeteries, honoring Gold Star families and comforting them in their grief, and praising wounded warriors and honoring their sacrifice.The Mainstream Media hurled this baseless attack against President Trump because they know Joe Biden’s record simply does not stand up to scrutiny, and they seek to distract the American people from that fact. Under the Obama-Biden Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs was a disaster and our military was decimated. Today, Joe Biden is running on a radical left- wing agenda that would further weaken America’s security and standing in the world. Joe Biden’s friends in the media know he does not deserve the support of our nation’s service members, so they have fabricated a total lie in a desperate attempt to attack their opponent.The American people have learned to discount lies spewed by anonymous sources and paraded around by a biased media bent on destroying the President. President Trump’s tireless efforts to strengthen and support the military community are a part of his indisputable record. He has done more for our nation’s service members and veterans than any previous administration. The veteran community firmly rejects these lies from the mainstream media, and we stand by our Commander-in-Chief, now, and on Election Day.Signed,Lynn Aas, Bill Abuchon Lieutenant Colonel Hank Adams Lieutenant Colonel Steve Adams RNC Committeewoman Chris Ager Sandra Akinson
Richard Alestock Doctor Jay Allen Gunnery Sergeant (R) Shane Alman Bruce Anderson Airman First Class John Anderson Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Rich Anderson Ronda Anderson James Andrew Congressional Candidate Aliscia Andrews Corporal 82nd Airborne Combat Veteran (R) Vonne Andring Sergeant Steve Armbruster Sergeant Tammi Armbruster James Jerome Armstrong Colton Atkinson Sandra L. Atkinson Ernest Audino Master Sergeant (R) William H. Austin Sergeant Shannon Azzopardi Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) The Honorable Al Baldasaro E-2 Charles Ballew Charles Baltzaler The Honorable John Barker The Honorable Tom Barrett Bob Barrows David Basulto Sergeant Kevin Batts Roger Baumann William Beasely Brian Beatrice Ken Becht Betsy Becker Mitchell Becker Bruce Beeston Gary Beikirch Andrew Bennetch JD Bernardy Joe Berry Yvnone Berry Gunnery Sergeant (R) Steve Betzer Brad Bieghler CJ Bieghler United States Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dale Bills The Honorable David Binford Dean Black The Honorable Walt Blackman Congressional Candidate Lynne Blankenbeker Tad Blankenburg Reginald Blount Lieutenant Colonel Scott Bolstad Private First Class (R) Brett Bondurant Lee Booton Jared Borg The Honorable Sonny Borrelli Donald Boughslaugh E5 Sergeant, 10th Mountain Division, Steve Robert Boyer Rob Bradley General (R) Patrick Brady CW2 and Special Forces Green Beret 7th Group Steve Brashear Ricardo Bravo Specialist Kevin Brewington Wilfried Brickner Victoria Brock Commander (R) Bob Brotherton Lieutenant (R) Carol Brotherton John Broughton Jeff Brower Dewayne Brown Don Browning Jessica Brownsell Ken Brumiger Anthony Buchmann Steven Buckingham Larry Bucshon Staff Sergeant Ralph Bullard Scott Bunker County Commissioner / United States Navy Vet / Vietnam Blue War AWCS, E-8 Roger Bunn Richard Burnes Destinee Bush Kevin Bushey E-4 Brian Butcher Albert Buttrey Esther Byrd Jon C. Marc Cahrmot Roy Cambronero Roy Cambronero Frank Carillo Emilio Carlesimo Mary Carol Jennifer Carroll Frank Casciano Joeseph Chacon Jerry Cheever Lieutenant Paul Chen Shala Chevalier Captain Benny Childers William Oliver Childress Sergeant Bob Cini Eric Citron Paul Cjaka Sergeant First Class Raymond Clipper Rob Cole WWII Engineering Aid Chief Troy Cole Sr. WWII Veteran Troy Cole Sr. Ted Colegate
Chuck Collins U.S. Congressman Doug Collins The Honorable Kenneth Collins Lieutenant Colonel Steve Collins Sergeant Troy Collins John Colson Bill Conner Blake Cook John Cooke The Honorable Richard Corcoran Scott Coulburn Scott Courtney Bubba Cox Richard Cox Howard Crawford Rick Crawford The Honorable Chris Croft Fred Crothers Fernando Cruz Steve Cuckler Timothy Cupps 1st Lieutenant, Oklahoma GOP National Committeeman Steve Curry Specialist Bear Curtis Jonas Cutler Captain David Cutner Mike Cutrano Jason Czar Brad Dague Tim Daubert Mark Daves Patrick Davidge U.S. Congressman Warren Davidson Mike Davis Sammy Davis Lieutenant Colonel Sarah Deal Vietnam Veteran Robert Deleon Ed Delgado Robert DelMonaco County Councilman Sam DeMarco Bill Denhart Kevin DePuy Douglas Deroos Governor Ron DeSantis David J. Devere Ronald Dibble Joe DiBlasi Ron Dietl Wally Dixon Kathleen Dodaro Bryce Dollman Sean Dollman Roger Donlon The Honorable Fred Doucette Frank Draz Andy Dubois Gunnery Sergeant (R) Jessie Jane Duff U.S. Congressman Neal Dunn Sergeant Wayne Dupree USA Specialist Kyle Early Robert Edwards County Commissioner and Officer Dan Eichenbaum Brent Eisenberner Kathy Elliot Royce Elliott Jerry Elmore Steve Emerson Lieutenant Mark Ernst Tony Espare Doug Evans Frank Faranda Hugo Faunde Michael Fedorchak John Felstead Sergeant First Class Richard Fischbach Brian Flemming Angel Fontanez Tom Foos Tom Fordyce Lieutenant Colonel(R) Norris Fowler Patrick Fox William Freeman Delegate, Sergeant First Class Nick Freitas Damon Friedman Lieutenant Colonel (R) Harold A. Fritz Colonel Jeff Gabel Timothy Gallant Richard Gallegos Joshua Gallion Gilbert Garcia Paul Gardiner Lou Gargiulo Colonel Don Gates Kat Gates-Skipper The Honorable Haraz Ghanbari Jim Gilbert Lee Givens Mike Glover The Honorable Dan Goddard Louie Gohmert Gene W. Goin Jr. Fausto Gomez Major James Gomez Julio Gonzales Hector Gonzalez Julio Gonzalez Timothy Graves Alan Green Barry Greenstein Lieutenant Colonel (R) Erica Gregory The Honorable Tommy GregoryRalph Griffith Michael Groom Matt Grossell Petty Officer Elbert Guillory Angeline Gullo Brad Gumpf John Gumpf Mark Gumpf Stephen Gumpf Thomas Gumpf Stan Gustafson U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie Thomas Gwinn John H. Gumpf Lin Hall Norma Halverson John Handshy Senior Chief Petty Officer Billy Jack Harlow E-6 Randy S. Harris E-6 Valera J. Harris Commander (R) William Harris First Class Petty Officer Paul Hartje George Hartlein Corporal Benjamin Hartwell Leslie Harvey Reed Hasty Albert Frederick George Hawkes The Honorable Daniel Hawkins Paul Hays Marty Healy James Hearn James Hedeen Frank Hedy Keith Heinlein Jeff Hellesvig David Henclewski Clarence Henderson Senior Airmen and Lieutenant (R) Steven Henderson Clayton Henson Sergeant Mario Herrera Elaine Herrick Gary Hide The Honorable Ronald Highland Manpower Requirements Program Administrative Vice-Chair Gerry Hildenbrand Jim Hiles Sergeant First Class David Hill Justin Hill Specialist E-5 John Hinkle Rich Hitz Vern Hodges Robert Hoffee Rick Holdcroft Staff Sergeant Rich Holdorf Chris Holt Travis Horn Don Horseman Jerry Horseman Command Master Chief Ron Hudson David Huston Jose Irizarry Jack J. Williams Bob Jackson Todd Jacobus Steve Janakas Teresa Janine Moore Staff Sergeant Alejandro Jauregui Robert Jewett John Jocelyn U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson County Supervisor and Sergeant (R) Buster Johnson Carol Johnson Douglas Johnson Eric Johnson Ira Johnson Mark Johnson The Honorable Terry Johnson Bill Johnson Daniel Johnston Master Sergeant Kathy Jones Master Chief Petty Officer Rich Jones Jeff Jorgensen Seth Judy Vince Junker Gary Justin Corporal Dan Kapanke Paul Karmen Sergeant Gary Kastrup Army Special Forces (R) Joe Kent Private First Class Kaleb Kerschefski Tarah Kim Jerry King Commissioner/General John King Robert King Seaman Mary Kipple Mark Kisting Kevin Knutson James Kobierski Sergeant Bill Kohler Charlie Koon Sergeant Dexter Koontz Henry Koopman Andrew Kordonowy Henry Korpela Mark Kosan Dr. Demi Kouzounas Mike Kramer Robin Kramer Bob Kroll Shane KruchtenSergeant Levi Kruit Colonel Rich Kucksdorf Brigadier General John Kulhavi Sgt, Ret. Michael Kumm Todd Kumro First Class Petty Officer Todd Kumro Branden Kunath Paul Kurt Sergeant (R) Jeff Kyle Robert L. Hoffee Timothy Charles La Sage Eron Lacambra Diana Lamp Gerald Lamp Leigh Lamson Larry Landings Sergeant E-5, 82nd Airborne Operation Enduring Freedom VIII Josh Lang Tom Large Corporal Paul Latare Former Attorney General Adam Laxalt Beth Lear Jeff Lear Robert Leathers South Dakota GOP Chairman Dan Lederman Sergeant Marie Leffingwell Domingo Erico Leguizamon E-4 Specialist Ron Lewis Benjamin Lightfoot Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Aircraft Handler Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael J. Little Jim Livingston Lieutenant Colonel (R) Theodore Lockwood II Corporal Michael Logue Fred Long Felix Lopez George Lopez Rick Lorenz Michael Louie Joe Lowry Sr. Jaime Luevano Hi Luongo Dan Lusheck Language Trained Interrogator Anthony Lutzke Mike Lynch Norman MacLellan George Maddox Josh Mandel Lou Marin Pjol Marley U.S. Congressman Dr. Roger Marshall David Martin Julio Martinez Solomon Martinez Victor Marx Bill Matthews Ken Mccards Tim McCarthy James McCauley Scott McDeed Lieutenant Colonel (R)John McDermott Captain Chuck McDougald Ed McDougall Sergeant Kevin McDugle Captain Chance McGraw Sergeant US USA Brian McGuire Delegate, United States Navy Seal John McGuire New Mexico Field Organizer Rodd McKenzie Oklahoma GOP Chairman David McLain Rob Medina Susan Meeling Matthew Menza The Honorable Tim Merlino U.S. Senate Candidate Corky Messner Sergeant First Class Peter Meyer Ron Meyer Bobby Michael Staff Sergeant Barry Mickelson Captain David A. Mihalic Corporal Adam Miller Davis Miller Tim Miller Sergeant Travis Mitchell Dan Mobley Lance Corporal Adam “Moto” Modisette The Honorable Michael Moffett Paul Moldenhauer Linda Molinaro Robert Moore Jason Moreau Dud Morris Sean Morrison Petty Officer First Class Joey Moscynski Chief Petty Officer Ted Moscynski Jr. Tech Sergeant Ted Moscynski Sr. Dale Mowry Corporal Vietnam Veteran (R)James Mullen Davis Mullins Leah Murphy Airman First Class David Muson Hank Muzney Sr. Amanda Myers Thomas Myers John Nassif Congressional Candidate Steve Negron Brian Neighbarger James NeSmith Adam Newbold Major Albert Nichols Dennis Normile Kevin O’Connor Clint OdayThe Honorable Willie O’Dove Captain Scott O’Grady Ezell Olivares Preston R. Olson Don O’Nesky Mary O’Nesky John Ortega Russell Osterfield Terrance O’Sullivan The Honorable Stephen P. Wilson Ronald Pabisz Ronald Pabisz Jr. Bob Paduchik Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) Congressional Candidate/Purple Heart Recipient/ I.S. Captain (R) Sean Parnell Joshua Parr The Honorable Josh Parsons Joe Pasak Bob Patterson Patterson Frank Patti Don Patton David Paustch NMGOP Chairman Steve Pearce Jorge Pena City Commissioner Dwayne Pennick Terrence Perfect U.S. Congressman Scott Perry Emily Perry-Hartlein John Petersen Rommie Petersen Sergeant Tina Petersen David Petteys Karen Pfeiffer Jesse Pfrimmer John Philips Bonel Pierre Elvis Pierre Tom Plendl Sergeant Don Poellinger Kevin Popham Master Sergeant Gerald Prater Brigadier General (R) Arnold Price Jim Pugh PJ Puntnam Patrick Purser Specialist US Geoffrey Quevedo Pat Quigley Phill Quinn James Rachwal Lieutenant Colonel A. Rocky Raczkowski Eddie Radar Maryalice Rael Hospital Corpsman Third Class Miles Rahimi Lieutenant Colonel Brian Rahn Ivan Raiklin Paul Ray Ernesto Reglado Cathi Remington The Honorable Paul Renner The Honorable John Resman Kobi Rex Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden Congressman Denver Riggleman (VA-5) Congressional Candidate Mark Richardson Jason Ritchie Don Roberts Chad Robichaux Hunter Robichaux Sara Robinson Fred Rock Josh Rock Lauro Rodriguez Congressman Phil Roe (TN-1) Kevin Rofidal Bill Rogers Lou Rogers Lieutenant Colonel (R)Rett Rogers Specialist Will Rogers Rich Rogers Will Rogers Mike Rogers County Commissioner Gavin Rollins Clint Romesha Anthony Rondello Rick Rone Ramona Rood Mike Roselle Geoff Ross Bryan Roth Pete Royball Harry Russell Mike Ruth William S. Hoffee The Honorable Anthony Sabatini Tim Sage Anne Sammoylo Daniel Sanders Robert Santos Tom Santurri Louise Savage Hospital Corpsman Second Class Petty Officer Christopher Sawyer George Sawyer Jim Saybee Lenny Scelleta Sergeant (R) John Schafer Staff Sergeant Joseph Schatz Captain (R) Michael Schauf Captain Lisa Schroeder Frank Schroedl E5 David SchwartsCaptain James Scott Sharon Sechler Terri Sellon Captain Darin Selnick Deborah Severson Erie County Councilman and U.S. Veteran Brian Shank Don Share Petty Officer Donald Share, Jr. Don Sharp Matthew Shelton Jamie Shoemaker Jim Shoemaker Erin Shoop Michael Shoop Sergeant Bonita Shreve The Honorable Wes Shuler James Seivert Kaleb Silbaugh Retired Sergeant Darren Simmons Joseph Simon Diane Smiley Floyd Smiley Brigitte Smith Greg Smith K. Carl Smith Sergeant Robert Smith Todd Smith Eric Smith Sergeant Lenette Smoak Senior Airman Brian Smyth Vance Snider II Staff Sergeant Jenn Sorbe Retired Lieutenant Geno Bradley Spartanburg, USN Charlie Spindt Robert Sprague Bonner Springs Sergeant Major David Stading Kyle Staley Jeremy Stalnecker Jerome Starkey Antionette Starner Jodi Stauber Robert Steiner U.S. Congressman Greg Steube Jeremy Stevens Richard Stobbs Jim Stoger Corporal Kim Stolfer, USMC Tim Striely Jan Paul Strisovsky Anita Swan Chief Petty Officer Claude Taucher, USN Sergeant James Thienel Lisa Thiessen The Honorable Bruce Thompson Charles Thompson John Thompson Phil Thompson Brad Thorpe Mark Tocci Skeeter Tomczak Dan Trelka David Tremblay Phil Turner Jr. Carolyn Uecker Mike Uecker Carl Uhinick David Underwood Ben “Felix” Ungerman WWII Veteran Raymond Upp Captain Wayne Van Kauwenburgh Howard Van Nostrand Senior Chief Derrick Van Orden Andrew Vanderwaal Adrian Vargas Edgar Vasquez Barbara Vaughn Ruben Velez Ruben Velez Sergeant Mike Verardo Christopher Volpe John Volpe Victoria Volpe Corporal Lynn Wagar Peter Wagner Marilyn Walsh Ben Walters U.S. Congressman Michael Waltz Stacy Washington U.S. Congressman Steve Watkins Jim Waurishuk Jim Wears Matthew Webb Congressional Candidate Rob Weber Randy Wedin Ron Wells Private First Class Willy Wendorf The Honorable Josh West Piet Whelmn The Honorable James White Neil White Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) The Honorable Scott Wiggam Gene Wild Rob Wiley Douglas Williams Sergeant Mark Williams Rich Williams Woody Williams Major (R) James Williamson
Captain Jenny Wilson First Sergeant Marcus Wilson Lieutenant Colonel Mark E. Wilson Mike Wobbema Rick Wolf Susan Wolfrum Sergeant First Class (R) Randall Wright Tino Yaccich John Youmans Michael Young Avi Zaffini Major David Zakrzewicz Command Sergeant Major Larry Zimmerman