WATCH: Donald Trump Says Veterans Who Commit Suicide ‘Can’t Handle It’

Speaking to a military veteran’s audience today in Herndon, Virginia, Donald Trump suggested that military veterans who commit suicide “can’t handle it.”

“When people come back from war and combat and they see maybe what the people 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,” Trump said at the event held by Retired American Warriors, a military Political Action Committee.

The remark also appeared to contrast the veterans listening to Trump whom he called “strong,” and those who suffer from mental health issues as a result of their combat experiences.

Watch Trump make the controversial remarks in the video below.

Watch the entire Donald Trump Retired American Warriors event in the following video.

The remarks stood in contrast to Trump’s own experience during the Vietnam War era, when he received five separate deferments from the military draft, according to a New York Times Report.

The first four deferments Trump received came due to the fact that he was in college. But after he graduated in 1968, at a time when the United States was sharply escalating troop deployments to Vietnam, taking in about 300,000 new recruits and draftees that year, Trump received another, final exemption.

The cause: bone spurs in his feet.

In an interview last year, Trump claimed that he was never drafted due to the incredible luck of a “very high draft number.” But in fact, his draft number would have been irrelevant because he had already received the medical deferment for his sore feet, a deferment that permanently exempted Trump from military service.

Trump made the “high draft number” claim in July of last year, just days after he ignited one of the early controversies of his controversy-plagues campaign, when he declared that Republican Senator John McCain — who was the 2008 Republican nominee for president — was not a “hero” despite spending more than five years as prisoner of war in what was then North Vietnam, suffering extensive torture.

“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said last year, speaking about McCain. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”

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  1. As a vet myself, he is RIGHT ON again!! Unfortunately, Anti American Anti Military barry/CrooKilary couldn’t care LESS and OUR HEROES are DYING, just like in BENGHAZI!!

    • You’re so right HGH!! And I wish that people like Jonathan Vankin would stop smearing Trump. Hillary is a criminal and needs to be tried, convicted and punished for all of her crimes including Whitewater, over 65 people missing or murdered, Benghazi and a whole list of other underhanded dealings such as the Clinton foundation! Basically Saudi Arabia owns her now since they’ve contributed millions to the Clinton foundation which launders the money to Hillary.

  2. :sigh: obv cap obv… not everyone that returns, does so with mental health problems; they’re the minority. yet the point of this ‘news report’ is to slant dt, which should be even more obv…

  3. Hi all,

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