Donald Trump‘s comments at a Monday event organized by the Retired American Warriors PAC in Northern Virginia have caused outrage as he addressed post-traumatic stress disorder and veterans’ suicides.
“When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of folks in this room have seen many times over and you’re strong and you can handle it but a lot of people can’t handle it,” he said. “They see horror stories, they see events you couldn’t see in a movie, nobody would believe it.”
Critics took note of Trump’s “people can’t handle it” comment as a portrayal of PTSD victims while noting that the room of veterans he addressed were “strong” and able to “handle it,” according to USA Today.
“Where in the hell is he from?” Biden asked. “I don’t think he was trying to be mean. He is just so thoroughly, completely uninformed.”
Trump’s surrogate Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn came to his defense saying in a statement: “The media continues to operate as the propaganda arm of Hillary Clinton as they took Mr. Trump’s words out of context in order to deceive voters and veterans—an appalling act that shows they are willing to go to any length to carry water for their candidate of choice.”
This is the latest in a string of hotly debated criticisms against Trump’s remarks.
The Republican presidential candidate attacked former Miss Universe Alicia Machado’s past and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s judgment in a 3 a.m. Twitter storm in late September.
“Using Alicia M in the debate as a paragon of virtue just shows that Crooked Hillary suffers from BAD JUDGEMENT!” he wrote. “Hillary was set up by a con.”
The New York Times also published a report on Saturday, writing Trump may have avoided paying more taxes for up to 18 years because of a nearly $1 billion loss he took in 1995.