A veterans group released a video on Wednesday slamming President Donald Trump for his lack of protection for American troops and his “refusal to defend” America’s national security, saying it will cost him military votes.
VoteVets.org is an organisation and action fund with around 700,000 members across the country including troops, veterans, military families, and their supporters.
The video posted by the group was published on Twitter with the caption: “Our military has been repeatedly BETRAYED by Trump. Now he is panicking, using any excuse to show up in military communities. Like today, in Wilmington, NC. But service members know better.”
The president was in Wilmington, North Carolina on Wednesday to declare the city an American World War II Heritage City, the first in the United States, set to recognise the contributions of women and men who stepped into the workforce to support the war effort.
The video began with a narrator saying that the president is panicking and finding excuses to “show up in military communities.”
“He knows that if elections were held today, he’d lose the military vote in a landslide. Sixty percent of active-duty officers disapprove of his presidency because Donald Trump disrespects those who serve,” the video goes on to say.
Trump’s decision to pull back U.S. troops from certain positions in northern Syria in late 2019, leaving “abandoned Kurdish allies” in the area, is criticised in the video. He was also criticised for his reaction to the story which emerged in June that a Russian intelligence unit offered the Taliban bounty money for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan.
“His weakness emboldens the enemy. Now, Russia is directly engaging U.S. troops, slamming into our patrols in Syria, intercepting our bombers and flying their bombers dangerously close to American airspace,” the video goes on to say.
The clip criticises the president for failing to stand up for American troops, defend national security and says that the threat to deploy active-duty troops against American citizens in “unconstitutional.”
In June, when protests sparked by the death of George Floyd resulted in some looting, Trump recommended every governor to deploy the National Guard “in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets,” and promised to deploy the military if governors don’t comply.
A poll conducted at the end of August by the Military Times and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University showed that 43.1 percent of active-duty service members said they’d vote for Biden if the election were held then. Trump would get the vote of 37.4 percent of those surveyed.
Prior to the 2016 election, Military Times conducted a similar poll, which found that more active-duty service members would vote for Trump than Hillary Clinton then.