Trump’s Attempted Publicity Stunt With Military Just Blow Up In His Face, Servicemembers Are Furious

In an attempt to swing his plunging approval ratings, Trump organized a meeting with the armed forces that was light on actual work and heavy on self-promotion. But the PR stunt turned into a PR nightmare as he botched nearly every aspect of the event. You couldn’t step on this many rakes if you were Mr. Magoo.

First, his press secretary, Sean Spicer, managed to misspell several words at the event, leading people to think they weren’t taking it seriously. (They weren’t.)

Then Trump walked in and immediately tried to make the event about himself. His joke fell flat.

Even the servicemembers who were there didn’t seem thrilled.

And the fact that he made this a blatant photo op rather than a private meeting was not lost on anyone.

It may all seem a bit unfair to Trump if it weren’t for the fact that he has repeatedly tried to use soldiers as political props before. In the lead up to his inauguration, generals had to explain to a disappointed Trump that they couldn’t just roll tanks (seriously) down the streets of Washington D.C. as part of his parade. Trump wanted a massive show of the armed forces groveling at his swearing-in ceremony. Let that sink in.

He also infamously held a “pro-military” charity event during the campaign – but only when he needed it as a pretext to skip a presidential debate he was worried about losing. To this day, it’s not entirely clear whether all of the money raised at the event ever made it to the veterans’ charities he said it would. When asked to prove he really did give away the money several months later, Trump threw a massive temper tantrum.

“Instead of being like, ‘Thank you very much, Mr. Trump,’ or ‘Trump did a good job,’ everyone’s saying, ‘Who got it, who got it, who got it?‘” Trump said during a news conference here at Trump Tower. “And you make me look very bad. I have never received such bad publicity for doing such a good job.”

No wonder the troops at Trump’s photo op doesn’t seem thrilled to be there.

Featured image via Twitter

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