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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Vets don't want to be politicized by Trump

Paul Reckehoff who heads the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America tweeted that his group hadn't heard from the Trump campaign and didn't know which organizations would be involved with the event Trump is to attend in lieu of the GOP debate scheduled for tonight. 

He tweeted: "If offered, @IAVA will decline donations from Trump's event. We need strong policies from candidates, not to be used for political stunts."

The female GOP candidate, Carly Fiorina, said her campaign would donate $1.5 million to veteran's causes, if she can join a Trump-Cruz debate.

Trump has not made it clear precisely which veteran(s) group(s) would be included in tonight's event in Des Moines, and to many, it sounds as if he came up with the idea on the spur of the moment. But one thing seems clear, veterans don't want to be used as political pawns in a Trumpian showmanship ploy. Trump's campaign merely said that the "special event to benefit veterans organizations" would be held at Drake University in Des Moines.

Trump told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, "We're going to raise a lot of money for the veterans. A lot of money is going to be raised." He then made it clear that he would definitely not be attending the debate.

Some say Trump dodged the debate just like he dodged the draft in the Vietnam War era.

A recent tweet by Trump referred to Megyn Kelly, a Fox News debate moderator, as a "bimbo." In his book, The Art of the Deal, Trump has bragged about sleeping with some of the wives of the men with whom he had business deals. 

Some of these issues may come back to haunt in with the evangelical voters in Iowa.

But, as he said, he could shoot someone on the street and people would still vote for him. He may be right.