Trump vs. the Draft

Looks like I’m on another rant… Donald Trump has become the subject of several GatorUptown.com posts lately, due to his ongoing conspiracy theory nonsense. But in a delicious bit of turn-about, now The Donald is finding himself under scrutiny for his statements about how he avoided being drafted during the Vietnam Conflict.

And we’re not even getting started about the rallying cries to publicly release his tax returns.

In a recent interview on Good Day New York, Trump stated, “I actually got lucky because I had a very high draft number. I’ll never forget, that was an amazing period of time in my life. … I was going to the Wharton School of Finance, and I was watching as they did the draft numbers and I got a very, very high number and those numbers never got up to.”

As much as Mr. Trump will “never forget” these events during his time at the Wharton School of Finance, it turns out his draft number was called about a year and a half after he graduated from Wharton.

Just as interestingly, he failed to mention the fact that when his draft number was called on December 1, 1969 “Trump had already received four student deferments and a medical deferment, according to military records on file with the National Archives and Records Administration.”

Mr. Trump also failed to mention that he had an “Armed Forces Physical Examination” in September of 1968, which had a result of “DISQ” according to his Selective Service records. This exam and Trump’s subsequent medical deferment came just a couple of months after he was deemed available for military service following his graduation from Wharton.

You didn’t get lucky because you had a high number that they never got up to, Mr. Trump. Your number was called, but by then you had received deferment after deferment because of your university education, and had been disqualified from military service due to an undisclosed medical condition.

Now, for the record, I don’t give a damn about his draft situation. I don’t care if he misremembered something from almost a decade before I was born. Frankly, I think that all this Vietnam “scandal” that pops up 40 years later for modern-day political candidates is ridiculous, unless those candidates went on a raping-and-pillaging rampage while overseas. But if we’re going to sling mud about nonsensical issues from way-back-when, let’s do it consistently.

I’m thinking back to the conservative outrage over Bill Clinton’s avoidance of the draft, and the infamous Swift Boat Veterans’ attack on John Kerry’s decorated military service… And I wonder if those same conservatives will leap on Donald Trump’s seemingly confused recollections of how he avoided military service.

Somehow I doubt it.

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