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TRUMP BOMBSHELL: The REAL Reason He Avoided Vietnam
Business Insider ^ | 04/29/2011 | Joe Weisenthal

Posted on 04/29/2011 11:22:35 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

And this might be why he never runs... not the F-bombs... it sounds like Trump has the quintessential rich politician problem: Vietnam.

According to a new document unearthed by The Smoking Gun: Donald Trump received 4 student deferments, and one medical deferment, which is in contradiction to a previous quote explaining his draft status: “I actually got lucky because I had a very high draft number. I’ll never forget, that was an amazing period of time in my life.”

Technically, that doesn't have to be a lie. Eventually Trump got a high draft number, but it appears that it's definitely not the only way he avoided the war.

Again, that Vietnam service has been an issue for many candidates is known to everyone, and for someone who was born wealthy -- and going to Wharton at the time -- the deferrals look worse.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: donaldtrump; potus; vietnam
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To: SeekAndFind

At the bottom right it says “DISQ”. I’m not a veteran but to me that appears there may have been a physical reason for disqualification.


21 posted on 04/29/2011 11:34:54 AM PDT by RockinRight (Maybe Trump's a stalking horse for Palin...)
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To: longtermmemmory

Man there is all kinsa od patriots in this country they just don’t want to put on a uniform and put their money where their mpoutyh is.


22 posted on 04/29/2011 11:36:00 AM PDT by Americanexpat (Everytime I see that guy's face ot)
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To: trumandogz

One could say that dodging the draft was just another way of voting against LBJ.


23 posted on 04/29/2011 11:36:43 AM PDT by Theodore R. (John Boehner just surrendered the only weapon with which he had to fight. What does OH see in him?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does the phrase “draft dodger” have any meaning to people under the age of 55? I seriously doubt it. The youngest people who would have been drafted cannot have been born after 1955. Today’s professional military don’t care one bit about the concept.

Ronald Reagan opposed the draft as it meant that citizens were fundamentally considered property of the state. As one of the younger generation it just seems to me that “draft dodger” is a term applied in bitterness towards people who for whatever reason were able to avoid the draft. Do people here fundamentally believe that the government has the right to all males of fighting age? I sure as hell don’t.


24 posted on 04/29/2011 11:36:43 AM PDT by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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To: SeekAndFind

that’s it, he’s out.


25 posted on 04/29/2011 11:37:32 AM PDT by Sophia777
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To: SeekAndFind
Did he claim to be running secret missions in Cambodia or something like John Kerry? Get a purple heart for self inflicted wounds?

Did he go on MTV and brag about trying marijuana while going to school to avoid the draft like Clinton?

Did he have his pappy undo influence to be accepted into the National Guard like the Fake but accurate msm tried to say Bush did?

Did he do anything illegal?

If all he did was legally avoid the draft because he was a student, then that was just a smart decision and it's not really a problem for him.

26 posted on 04/29/2011 11:37:52 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: SeekAndFind

Does anyone care about this anymore? McLame was a war hero and he was the biggest POS the GOP ever nominated. Kerry served as well and he was a Brahmin loser. I think after Bush II, this became an irrelevant argument.


27 posted on 04/29/2011 11:38:15 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Eva

this is a very enlightening post. i appreciate learning things like this from the many smart freepers.

thank you!


28 posted on 04/29/2011 11:38:18 AM PDT by sappy
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To: DryFly

LOL! Post of the day.


29 posted on 04/29/2011 11:38:21 AM PDT by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: trumandogz

I served in the U.S.Navy, 1980-1986, as a crypto-linguist with a TSC, and am a traditional Conservative (Goldwater-type).

Firmly, I believe active duty military service ought to be one of the eligibility requirements to serve in the Congress and the Presidency (V.P., too!.) If not enshrined in the Constitution, then unwritten and customary.


30 posted on 04/29/2011 11:38:25 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NOT FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: flintsilver7

if trump runs and the best they can do is call him a draft dodger he gets the win..


31 posted on 04/29/2011 11:38:37 AM PDT by rokkitapps
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To: flintsilver7
"Does the phrase “draft dodger” have any meaning to people under the age of 55?"

To me, "draft dodger" is someone who fled the country or avoided the draft through an illegal or fraudulent means. It doesn't apply to someone who took advantage of school deferments, that were available to anyone willing to go to school.

32 posted on 04/29/2011 11:40:24 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: SeekAndFind

Not sure there’s anything there. Trump was born June 14, 1946 and the 12/2/1969 draft lottery number for that date was 356. Can’t get much higher.

Page down a page or two.

http://www.landscaper.net/draft.htm


33 posted on 04/29/2011 11:41:28 AM PDT by Will88
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To: DannyTN

...and here we go again. When it is a REPUB running, we know everything about their past. BUT WE KNOW NOTHING about Obama.


34 posted on 04/29/2011 11:41:50 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: sappy

Did you miss the fact that John Kerry couldn’t get into any graduate school and so enlisted in the Naval Reserves, only to be activated? That’s how the whole swift boat thing came about.


35 posted on 04/29/2011 11:43:50 AM PDT by Eva
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To: rokkitapps

Oh, they are just getting started.
However, Trump fights really dirty. Trump will have no problem going after the reporters themselves.


36 posted on 04/29/2011 11:44:53 AM PDT by kara37
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To: Theodore R.

“One could say that dodging the draft was just another way of voting against LBJ.”

Perhaps, but most people say that dodging the draft was just another way of telling the US Constitution and American Flag to F-Off and telling everyone that you are a coward.


37 posted on 04/29/2011 11:45:25 AM PDT by trumandogz
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To: SeekAndFind

As much as I respect those who were there....I cant blame someone who sees that the war was fought to fight it and not to win it....especially when LBJ was president...

the previous generation, the so called ‘Greatest Generation’ fought a war to win it and WON IT....not to fight it for ten+ years with no endgame in sight...


38 posted on 04/29/2011 11:46:13 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: SeekAndFind

The only thing that might raise a question is the 10/15/1968 1Y classification which kept Trump from being drafted until the 12/21/1969 draft lottery.

1Y was a classification indicating some minor/moderate impediment to military service that would have been overlooked if a large scale war had taken place.


39 posted on 04/29/2011 11:46:42 AM PDT by Will88
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To: SeekAndFind
The idea of a draft is pretty much incomprehensible to the current generation of Americans. I was in the Army up until a few years ago, and I can't imagine what having draftees around would have been like. The Army today is a distinct, insular culture that is pretty much separate from others in your age group. Non-veterans just don't have a frame of reference for what service means.

If you played 'Restrepo' at your local high school, then told the kids that they'd be given lottery tickets, and whoever 'won' got sent to that, you'd see America pulled out of Afghanistan so fast you'd wonder if we were ever there.

Perhaps older Americans remember a time when that wasn't the case. I wouldn't know. I'm just saying that for today, I'm guessing this story won't have the legs it would have 10, 20 or 30 years ago.

40 posted on 04/29/2011 11:46:59 AM PDT by Steel Wolf ("There are moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate." - Ibn Warraq)
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