From the Democratic Party of Virginia:
Five Years of Trump’s Broken Promises to Virginia’s Military
RICHMOND, VA — Today marks the fifth anniversary since Donald Trump descended that escalator and announced his candidacy for president of the United States, an image none of us will soon forget.
In honor of this anniversary, DPVA will spend the rest of the week running through some ways the Trump administration has harmed Virginia. Today, we’ll focus on his broken promises to the military:
Broken campaign promises aren’t the only thing putting Virginia’s military at risk. Naval bases in Virginia top the list of military bases most vulnerable to climate change. Trump and Pence pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, staffing their cabinet with fossil fuel lobbyists, and rolling back dozens of environmental protection rules no doubt will exacerbate the threats to Hampton Roads.
Additionally, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ government-run hospitals treated their veteran COVID patients with hydroxychloroquine as Trump promoted the drug for months with no evidence to its efficacy. According to the AP, “VA Secretary Robert Wilkie had wrongly asserted publicly without evidence that the drug had been shown to benefit younger veterans.” As criticism mounted, the VA rolled back their use of the antimalarial drug, which is known to have potentially harmful side effects, including causing heart rhythm problems. As Senator Chuck Schumer said, veterans were treated as “guinea pigs” by the Trump administration.
“Trump’s disregard for the well-being of this country means he is also putting our veterans and military families at risk. From his inept response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to his xenophobic border ‘wall’ that is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars, Trump has never missed an opportunity to do a disservice to our military, and the Commonwealth writ large,” said DPVA Press Secretary Carson Brown.