Trump would rather golf and rage-tweet than honor U.S. troops who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Trump has spent the last week consumed with rage and self-pity on on Twitter — so much that he hasn't found even a moment to publicly extend his sympathies to the U.S. Green Beret killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 12.
It's been eight days since Staff Sgt. Reymund Rarogal Transfiguracion, 36, a husband and father of two, died from injuries sustained from a roadside bomb blast while he was on patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
Transfiguracion had deployed in March to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, a U.S. counterterrorism mission against al Qaeda and the local ISIS branch, Stars and Stripes reported.
But Trump has been more interested in obsessing over his growing list of enemies, both real and imagined, than in honoring Transfiguracion for his brave service.
Instead of remembering Transfiguracion or offering comfort to his family, Trump has tweeted more than 100 times to rage against the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, mope about a military parade, regurgitate Fox News broadcasts, wage war with a former top aide, obsess over Hillary Clinton, boast about the economy, and generally become unglued.
This continues Trump's long, sad history of slighting the military, and specifically disrespecting families of fallen soldiers.
Last year, when four American Green Berets were killed during an ISIS ambush in Niger, Trump waited nearly two weeks before he publicly acknowledged their loss, or even reached out to the families.
During that two week span, though, Trump managed to go golfing five times.
Trump also logged hours last week on the golf course. It's doubtful he spent any time thinking about the fallen Green Beret in Afghanistan.
Transfiguracion was born in the Philippines and enlisted in the Hawaii National Guard just two months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He joined active-duty service in 2008.
U.S. troops have been fighting in Afghanistan for the last 17 years.
"Like many uniformed servicemembers ... Transfiguracion was not born in the United States,” Sgt. Maj. Ed Hall of 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group told Stars and Stripes. "To the world, SFC Transfiguracion was a Filipino-American hero, someone who proved himself to be among the best soldiers in the U.S. Army."
But to Trump, who secured five deferments in order to sit out the Vietnam War, Transfiguracion didn't seem to matter at all.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.