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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden declared President Donald Trump “unfit” for the presidency on Friday (Saturday, September 5, 2020 in Manila), delivering an impassioned reaction to a report that Trump — who never served in uniform by getting five deferments on the basis of his bogus bone spurs — allegedly mocked American war dead, Zeke Miller and Alexandra Jaffe reported for the Associated Press (AP).

The president and his allies have dismissed the report in The Atlantic as false, but Fox News, Trump’s favorite, AP, Reuters, NBC News, Washington Post, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Huffpost, as well as 28 White House officials, videos, tapes and memos have confirmed the instances when Trump denigrated war veterans, prisoners of war (POWs), the dead and the wound as “losers” and “suckers.”

Voice cracking, Biden told reporters that “you know in your gut” Trump’s comments, if true, are “deplorable.” He added: “I’ve just never been as disappointed, in my whole career, with a leader that I’ve worked with, president or otherwise… If the article is true — and it appears to be, based on other things he’s said — it is absolutely damning. It is a disgrace.” He added that “the president should humbly apologize to every Gold Star mother and father, to every Blue Star family that he’s denigrated. ... Who the heck does he think he is?”

Biden’s critique was personal. The former vice president often speaks about his pride for his late son Beau’s service in the Delaware Army National Guard. As he spoke, Biden grew angry, raising his voice to rebut Trump’s alleged comments that Marines who died in battle were “suckers” for getting killed. “When my son was an assistant US attorney and he volunteered to go to Kosovo when the war was going on, as a civilian, he wasn’t a sucker,” Biden declared. “When my son volunteered to join the United States military as the attorney general, he went to Iraq for a year, won the Bronze Star and other commendations, he wasn’t a sucker!”

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