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FACT CHECK: Fact-Checking Biden’s Claim That Trump Referred To Veterans As ‘Suckers And Losers’

President Joe Biden at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina on June 28 Claimed Former President Donald Trump, who is the presumptive Republican nominee for 2024, has called military veterans “stupid and losers.”

Verdict: Unfounded

Trump has repeatedly denied making the comment. A Trump spokesman also denied in an email to Check Your Fact that the former Republican president ever made the remark. The Atlantic has stood by its report, with multiple sources, mostly anonymous, saying Trump made the comment.

Fact check:

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At a campaign rally on June 28, Biden claimed that Trump had called veterans “morons and losers.”[Trump] “Biden lied about how great he is for veterans. He called veterans 'stupid losers.' He tried to deny it, but my son was one of them,” Biden said during the event. clip Video of the event was shared on X by the Biden-Harris campaign and has been viewed more than 300,000 times.

This claim is baseless. Biden September 3, 2020, The Atlantic The article also noted that Trump had planned to visit the Aisne-Marne American Military Cemetery in 2018, but canceled the trip because he said the cemetery was “full of losers.” The article also noted that the president at the time “called the more than 1,800 Marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood 'killed fools.'”

The magazine said Trump made the remarks in a conversation with senior staff, citing “four people with direct knowledge of the conversation,” without revealing any of the people's identities in the article.

Trump denied The Atlantic's allegations that he disparaged the military during a September 3, 2020, press conference. Statements A reporter at Joint Base Andrews denounced the claims as “fake news.”

“But when the plane re-entered, [White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows] and [White House Communications Director Hope Hicks] “Some people have said horrible things. Fake. Fake news. Corrupt news. Job-destroying news. And everybody knows it's completely false,” Trump told reporters.

“This is a disgraceful thing from a terrible magazine. I haven't read it, I just heard about it. They made it up. And maybe it was just a few people in the administration who I fired who failed. And I couldn't fire them right away. But maybe it was just made up. But that's inconceivable,” he added.

Additionally, according to the same article on September 3, 2020, then-White House Press Secretary Alyssa Farah Griffin denied the validity of the allegations in an email to The Atlantic.

“This report is false. President Trump has the utmost respect for our military. He has demonstrated his dedication to our troops at every turn – delivering on his promises to give our troops much-needed pay raises, increase military spending, sign important veterans reform legislation and provide support for military spouses. It is not based on the facts,” Farrah Griffin's statement read. (Related article: Biden examines Trump's claim that he “doesn't need Congress” to close the border)

Speaking ahead of a campaign rally in North Carolina, Biden repeated his claims that Trump has disrespected the military. meanwhile During the first presidential debate of the 2024 election cycle, Trump again denied the comments, calling them “made-up statements” from a “third-rate magazine.”

Trump has explicitly denied the allegations, but Gen. John Kelly, who served as the Republican president's White House chief of staff from 2017 to 2019, said in an October 2023 statement that Trump personally disparaged military personnel. NBC News.

Kelly said in a statement to CNN that Trump “is someone who believes that those who put on the uniform to defend their country, who have been shot down or seriously injured in combat, or who have been tortured for years as prisoners of war, are all 'stupid' because they have nothing to gain from it,” NBC News reported. However, Trump spokesman Steven Chang denied the allegations.

“John Kelly completely destroyed himself by not serving the president well as chief of staff and by fabricating a false story that he himself invented,” Chang said, according to the outlet.

Fox News chief national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin said Trump used the word “idiot” in a statement. [to war during the Vietnam War]” via Post shared by X September 4, 2020.

“According to one former Trump administration official, 'When talking about the Vietnam War, the president has said, 'It was a stupid war. Everyone who fought in it was an idiot,'” Griffin writes.

In both cases, June 10th New York Times article In addition to these two examples, the outlet also failed to fact-check the allegations, even though Trump denied them. Social Media Posts of 2015 but also Events in 2015 In it, Trump appears to have called the late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain a “loser.”

Chris LaCivita, a wounded combat veteran who served as co-campaign manager for Trump's 2024 presidential campaign, told Check Your Facts that “the Biden campaign is spreading a false story that has been completely debunked, that President Trump visited France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.”

“There's a lot of first-hand testimony from people like John Bolton and Alyssa Farah. [Griffin] — vehemently denied false allegations from unnamed sources seeking to exploit an American hero for a sick and twisted political attack. The fact remains that severe weather that day prevented the President and his guests from being safely transported to the grave, and the President took part in a ceremony at Suresnes American Military Cemetery the following day. “The Biden campaign is desperate because they know Biden has repeatedly disrespected the men and women who serve this country with honor and bravery every day,” LaCivita said.

“Joe Biden has belittled U.S. troops, calling them 'stupid bastards,' demonstrated a lack of empathy by repeatedly checking his watch during a solemn ceremony for soldiers killed in the devastating Afghanistan withdrawal, and has been criticized by Gold Star families for his lack of respect. In fact, under Biden, America has become weaker and more vulnerable on the world stage,” he added.

A spokesperson for The Atlantic referred Check Your Facts to the magazine's reporting.

“We have covered this extensively, and President Biden has referred to The Atlantic's own reporting from September 2020,” the spokesperson said. From the June 27th issue of the magazine that “[itemizes] Our reporting, our corroboration, and former President Trump's repeated and well-documented denials.”

Check Your Fact has also reached out to the Biden campaign for comment and will update this article if they respond.

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