President Donald Trump enjoys the strong support he receives from soldiers and sailors who see the Commander-in-Chief as key to rehabilitating an ailing military, but he made some of them very angry on Thursday with his choice of military fashion.
Trump showed up for a speech in Newport News, VA, wearing a Navy flight jacket and an Admiral’s cap. He toured the USS Geralrd R. Ford, a $12.9 billion dollar aircraft carrier and spoke of his intentions to increase defense spending.
But it was his jacket and hat that have captured Americans’ attention. His jacket even had a Commander-in-Chief patch with the president’s name on it. While this is factually accurate, many feel like the flight jacket should only be worn by those who actually fly for the Navy.
Trump tried to diffuse the controversy by saying that the jacket and hat were gifts, and not his choice.
“[They] just gave me this beautiful jacket. They said, ‘Here Mr. President, take this home.’ I said, ‘Let me wear it,'” Trump told the service members during an address aboard the ship. “And then they gave me the beautiful hat, and I said, ‘You know? Maybe I’ll do that.'”
Trump, known for his hats, even managed to irk veterans with his cap. “I have no idea how it looks, but I think it looks good. It’s a great looking hat,” he said. “Just like this is a great looking ship.”
As a Veteran watching a 5 time draft dodging COWARD saluting a Marine guard is the epitome of HYPOCRISY Impeach this cowardly bastard NOW!!!
— Chuck Williams (@hill55willie) March 2, 2017
Some of the comments on The Intellectualist are equally entertaining. One reader wrote: “I’m surprised he didn’t wear his purple heart.”
My skin crawls watching this man wear the uniform of my service. This is disgraceful. https://t.co/V9BnXk7y4p
— Cynical Spunkferret (@namtien92) March 2, 2017
Another called him a “draft dodging creep” and said Trump “walks on the graves of brave men.”
As a vet, seeing this disgusting, pathetic man in that getup aboard the new carrier makes me sick to my stomach. @DeptofDefense
— Thomas Almirall (@DRUMR48) March 2, 2017
The “PATHETIC IMPOSTER WANABE GENERAL” says one reader. “The only battles he has fought is a bad case of CONSTIPATION!”
Double Navy veteran family here. Trump is disgusting; today just made it even worse.
— Crow Meris (@CrowMeris) March 3, 2017
Some placed blame where blame belonged. “It makes me cringe but let’s be fair here. The Navy probably gave him these things to curry favor with him. They should be slapped silly, too.”