Donald Trump, the man who deferred from the draft on four separate occasions to avoid going to Vietnam, told an audience of veterans in Herndon, Virginia, that soldiers who come back from war with post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) are not "strong" and "can't handle it". Said Trump:
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.
To be fair to Trump, he probably wasn't trying to insult veterans with PTSD, but his poorly worded statement is indicative of the way his mind works. Just as he insulted John McCain by saying that "I like people who weren't captured", Trump clearly believes those who "can't handle" PTSD are inferior to those who are "strong". In Trump's world, winners are to be respected, while those who show any weakness are to be mocked or disregarded.
To be very clear here, those who suffer from post traumatic stress syndrome are not weak and their suffering does not stem from not being able to "handle it". Here's what Veterans Today has to say about this very common myth about PTSD:
Like other mental illnesses, PTSD is considered by the uninformed to be characteristic of mental weakness. In reality, the effects of the disorder can be traced to specific traumatic events that are incomprehensible to people who haven’t experienced them. The period of recovery isn’t comparable to what people endure after stressful events such as divorce or losing a job, and how they psychologically handle the trauma varies from person to person. PTSD is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), American Psychiatric Association (APA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Again, Trump probably did not mean to insult veterans, but because he is an idiot with little control over what comes out of his mouth, he let slip his philosophy of "winners and losers" -- those who can handle it and those who can't.
After last the disaster of last week, it's hard to see how things could get worse for him.