A look at the president’s Veteran’s Day weekend:
On Saturday, Trump skipped a World War I commemoration ceremony because it was raining. As was widely-reported:
Trump has faced widespread criticism over his decision not to attend the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial over the weekend as world leaders commemorated the day that marked 100 years since the end of the First World War.
The White House said in a statement that the visit was canceled due to "scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather."
But many domestic and international officials have criticized Trump for skipping the event, which was attended by multiple other world leaders.
"They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen," Nicholas Soames, a British politician and grandson of Winston Churchill, tweeted.
Note – the only coverage this received locally was one sentence in an AP story on page 6 of both local papers on Monday:
On Saturday, Trump drew criticism for canceling a separate commemorative visit to the Belleau Wood battleground northeast of Paris because of rain.*
The same AP article mentioned that Trump’ visited an American cemetery outside of Paris.
Trump chose not to honor the presidential tradition of visiting either Arlington National Cemetery or Walter Reed National Military Medical Center or any other site on Veterans Day. As Fox News reported:
President Trump is spending Monday at the White House and had no plans to visit Arlington National Cemetery in northern Virginia as America observes the Veterans Day holiday.
Neither of our local papers reported this. Trump did not stop there, however. On Monday, he also called for disenfranchising military voters as Adam Weinstein at the Washington Post reported:
Early Monday morning, after returning from a European commemoration of the end of World War I and as Americans awoke to observe the Veterans Day holiday, President Trump announced a bold new strategy: refusing to recognize the votes of U.S. service members stationed overseas.
“The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged,” the commander in chief tweeted. “An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!”
As Weinstein explains:
As it happens, we do know where those votes came from: Among other sources, many of the ballots that arrive after Election Day are cast by military service members, contractors and dependents deployed overseas. . . .
Florida, in fact, has historically had a higher percentage of military personnel request and return mail-in ballots than any other state in the union.
Additionally, conservative columnist Max Boot wrote an excellent analysis of Trump’s attitude toward the military and veterans. Here’s his conclusion:
[Trump] has no understanding of what soldiers do or the honor code by which they live. His idea of military service is marching in a parade — and he is peeved he couldn't have one in Washington this Veterans Day. Through his words and deeds, the commander in chief shows his contempt for the men and women in uniform.
Our local Ogden “newspapers” devoted considerable space to veterans this weekend
Since Saturday, there have been eight articles, two columns, and one editorial about veterans.
Despite the coverage, only the AP article mentions Trump. One of the articles and one of the editorials deal with Gold Star families (families that lost loved ones in service to the country). Two years ago, Trump attacked the family of Capt. Humayun Khan and last year he rationalized a death of a woman’s son by callously telling her that he "must have known what he signed up for." Now our papers want to honor Gold Star families, but they said nothing to defend them when Trump personally attacked them.
Obviously, our local papers are for veterans and their families only so long as it doesn't involve criticizing the President.
I am glad to see the local coverage of veterans. It’s too bad, however, that their political biases prevent any criticism of Trump. Imagine if President Obama had done just one of the above; Ogden papers would never have forgiven him, and we would have been reminded of his actions every Memorial and Veterans Day.
- Trump, earlier today, promoted a new version of what happened Saturday: