From The Washington Post:
The Republican presidential nominee, speaking to a group of veterans in Virginia on Monday, said that some troops see things in combat that “a lot of folks in the room” have seen many times.
“And you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it,” Trump said.
The backlash to his remarks was swift and harsh, with Democrats and veterans groups assailing him as insensitive to an issue that mental health advocates have spent decades working to destigmatize and raise awareness of among veterans.
“This is an ignorant man,” Vice President Biden said of Trump on CNN on Tuesday.
A visibly angry Biden recounted going to Iraq and pinning a Silver Star on a young soldier. The soldier told Biden that he didn’t want the Silver Star because the fellow soldier he had pulled out of a burning Humvee had died.
“That kid probably goes to sleep every night with a nightmare, and this guy doesn’t understand any of that? How can he not understand that? How can he be so out of touch?” said an emotional Biden, whose late son served in the military. “He’s not a bad guy, but how can he be so out of touch and ask to lead this country?”
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said on Twitter that veterans who experience post-traumatic stress disorder are “stronger than we’ll ever understand” and that they are owed “nothing short” of the best care.
“A person who implies that veterans suffering from PTS are not ‘strong’ is unfit to be Commander-in-Chief. Period,” Clinton tweeted. Her campaign also pushed out …