Veterans and a Gold Star Mother gathered in Duluth on Thursday, Sept. 10, to speak out against alleged comments by President Donald Trump about fallen service members.
Trump has denied making the comments reported in an Atlantic Magazine article, which citing anonymous sources. The allegations describe multiple offensive comments by the president toward fallen U.S. service-members, including calling World War I dead at an American military cemetery in France "losers" and "suckers" in 2018.
"I am here today as a veteran who served in Vietnam and am very upset with our commander in chief who called the very people that I fought with who were wounded and died ‘suckers and losers,’” said Fletcher Hinds, a former Marine and a Vietnam Veteran.
Former DFL State Senator Becky Lourey, whose son was killed in Iraq, also spoke at the event. She says America is losing its moral authority in the world.
"The people who gave their lives to keep our country strong are being denigrated,” Lourey said.
"Those who died to protect our freedoms, it is our duty to get our freedoms back," she said.
Trump has said the Atlantic Magazine story alleging the comments is "fake" and said "it's a disgrace that they're allowed to do it."
The reported comments have shone a fresh light on Trump's previous public disparaging of American troops and military families.
The president was asked in a Sept. 4 briefing whether he regrets making a public comment in 2015 saying John McCain is "not a war hero" and "I like people who weren't captured."
"I disagreed with many of his views. I disagreed with his views on these ridiculous, endless wars. I disagreed with the way he handled the vets. The V.A. Is running much better now," he said Sept. 4.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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