FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine unleashed on Donald Trump’s past comments on military issues while campaigning here Tuesday in an area heavily populated with service members and their families.
“Donald Trump says, ‘I’m gonna be great for the military,'” Kaine said during a rally. “Donald Trump repeatedly during the Republican debates and since has said, ‘The American military is a disaster.’ ‘The American military is a disaster.’ This is the guy who wants to be commander-in-chief. I don’t think in the history of the United States there has been a major party nominee who has talked with such disrespect about the military.”
The Virginia senator mentioned the millions of Americans who volunteer for service, saying, “We need a commander-in-chief who will not talk about them with contempt and disrespect, but will talk about them with respect and compassion and support. Anybody who says ‘the American military is a disaster’ is unfit to be commander in chief. Unfit. He’s unfit.” When Kaine used that line, the audience of roughly 350 people stood up to a standing ovation.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Kaine was speaking in Fayetteville, the fifth-largest metropolitan area in North Carolina and also the home to a very sizable population of military families because of Fort Bragg, the large army base just 10 miles away.
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