2020-09-06 16:00:06 UTC
those who have served' in blistering Twitter attack
*Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger III slammed Donald Trump in a blistering Twitter
attack Friday, urging his followers to 'vote him out'
*Sullenberger's Twitter thread was in response to The Atlantic's Thursday report
that Trump called fallen soldiers and veterans 'losers' and 'suckers'
*Sullenberger is a former wartime Air Force pilot and his father is a veteran
*'For the first time in American history, a president has repeatedly shown utter
and vulgar contempt and disrespect for those who have served,' he said
*White House has denied the report, despite several publications backing it up
Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger III launched a scathing Twitter rant denigrating
President Donald Trump as a 'coward' and 'unfit for office' following a report
that he called dead war heroes and veterans 'losers and suckers'.
Sullenberger rose to fame for his 'Miracle on the Hudson' emergency landing of
US Airways Flight 1549 on January 15, 2009.
The former Air Force pilot and captain, who retired as a commercial pilot in
2010, is now using his voice to denounce Trump's time in office.
'I am a veteran. I volunteered for military service during wartime. So did my
father. His generation saved the world from fascism,' Sully tweeted Friday.
'For the first time in American history, a president has repeatedly shown utter
and vulgar contempt and disrespect for those who have served and died serving
our country,' he added.
His Twitter thread came one day after The Atlantic published their damning
report on Trump's disparaging comments on veterans and soldiers.
Sullenberger stressed that Trump is not fit to hold office and urged his more
than 120,000 followers to vote against him in the upcoming election.
'While I am not surprised, I am disgusted by the current occupant of the Oval
Office. He has repeatedly and consistently shown himself to be completely unfit
for and to have no respect for the office he holds,' Sullenberger said in his
scathing Twitter thread.
'He cannot understand selflessness because he is selfish. He cannot conceive of
courage because he is a coward. He cannot feel duty because he is disloyal.
'We owe it not only to those who have served and sacrificed for our nation, but
to ourselves and to succeeding generations to vote him out,' he added with a
link to The Atlantic story.
The shocking article released late Thursday revealed Trump reportedly called US
soldiers injured or killed in war 'losers' and questioned the countrys respect
The report cites four unnamed people with first hand knowledge of Trumps
Trump canceled a visit to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Parks in 2018
because it was raining and sources said he didnt want to go to ruin his hair
and because he didnt see why he should honor dead soldiers.
'Why should I go to that cemetery? Its filled with losers,' the magazine quoted
Trump as saying.
At the time it was reported that the trip was canceled because rain made it
impossible for his helicopter to travel and the Secret Service could not drive
him to the cemetery.
The report also said he referred to the more than 1,800 marines who died at
Belleau Wood on France as 'suckers' for getting killed.
Trump also allegedly disparaged the military service of the late former
president George H. W. Bush and objected to having wounded veterans be involved
in a military parade.
Trump denied the story in a press conference Friday.
'It was a totally fake story, and that was confirmed by many people that were
actually there,' he said.
'It was a terrible thing that somebody could say the kind of things especially
to me because I have done more for the military than almost anybody else,' the
But the alleged comments had already sparked fury among some military members
and sparked the Twitter hashtag #veteransagainstTrump.
Sullenberger has already voiced his support for Democratic nominee Joe Biden,
joining him at a Nevada caucus rally earlier this year and endorsing his 2020