Last week, 2020 Democrat Pete Buttigieg raised a lot of eyebrows when he leveled his most brazen attack on Trump yet, saying the president “faked a disability” — and on Sunday he doubled down on that line of rhetoric during an interview with Martha Raddatz of ABC.
Raddatz asked Buttigieg if he is “pretty positive” about his remarks last week.
The presidential candidate responded, “Yes, there is no question, I think to any reasonable observer, that the president found a way to falsify a disabled status, taking advantage of his privileged status in order to avoid serving.”
He added, “You have somebody who thinks it’s all right to let somebody go in his place into a deadly war and is willing to pretend to be disabled in order to do it. That is an assault on the honor of this country.”
Following that, Raddatz asked about Trump’s statements about possibly pardoning war criminals, and Buttigieg was critical. He said that the president’s remarks are “a slander against veterans that could only have come from somebody who never served.”
Here’s a clip of that interview:
Pete Buttigieg on President Trump: "You have somebody who thinks it's alright to let somebody go in his place into a deadly war, and is willing to pretend to be disabled in order to do it. That is an assault on the honor of this country" https://t.co/XsnyCiR3v4 pic.twitter.com/V1tYL2X8oc
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 26, 2019
Unlike Trump, Buttigieg did serve in the military and spent several months in Afghanistan as a Naval intelligence officer.
The president’s military history stands in contrast as he claimed to have a bone spur in his heel in order to dodge the Vietnam draft. In late 2018, two New York women told the New York Times that their father was the podiatrist who wrote the exemption note and that he did it as a favor to Donald Trump’s father.
Trump doesn’t seem to know quite how to deal with Buttigieg, who has become one of the top contenders in the 2020 race. The president only recently branded the presidential candidate with a nickname, and it mostly served to date the president rather than serve up a laugh at Buttigieg’s expense.