A month ahead of the first Democratic Primary debates, Pete Buttigieg hit the campaign trail in New Hampshire this Memorial Day weekend. The South Bend, Indiana mayor and Afghanistan war veteran told Martha Raddatz of ABC News:
“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. 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.”
Trump received five draft deferments that kept him out of Vietnam, four while in college and one for bone spurs in his foot after graduating. Two daughters of the New York podiatrist who diagnosed Trump with the medical exemption said he did so as “a favor” to Trump’s father, Fred, who was his landlord. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump told The New York Times, “I had a doctor that gave me a letter—a very strong letter on the heels,” but he never provided a copy to the papers,” said Mother Jones.
“Mr. Trump claimed [his deferment] it was because of a bone spur, but when I asked for medical records, he gave me none and said there was no surgery,” Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, told Congress in February.
Buttigieg spared no punches speaking about “the continuing horror show” in Washington, D.C.
In an interview with Robert Costa at the Washington Post earlier in the week, Costa asked Buttigieg, “You believe he faked a disability?”