27 Oct 2017
October 27, 2017

VP Joe Biden hits Donald Trump over PTSD

Vice President Joe Biden rallies supporters for Hillary Clinton in Florida on Monday. At a rally in Sarasota on Monday night, Biden blasted Trump's comments on veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder. JOE BURBANK/Orlando Sentinel via AP

Vice President Joe Biden rallies supporters for Hillary Clinton in Florida on Monday. At a rally in Sarasota on Monday night, Biden blasted Trump’s comments on veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder. JOE BURBANK/Orlando Sentinel via AP

Appearing at a rally for Hillary Clinton in Sarasota, Fla., on Monday night, Biden went after Trump’s comments on veterans and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In a gaffe Monday, Trump had contrasted veterans who are “strong” with those who “can’t handle it.”

Appearing at a rally for Hillary Clinton in Sarasota, Fla., on Monday night, Biden went after Trump’s comments on veterans and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In a gaffe Monday, Trump had contrasted veterans who are “strong” with those who “can’t handle it.”

Appearing at a rally for Hillary Clinton in Sarasota on Monday night, Biden went after Trump’s comments on veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder. In a gaffe Monday, Trump had contrasted veterans who are “strong” with those who “can’t handle it.”

“When people come back from war and combat, they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over, and you’re strong and you can handle it,” Trump said to a veterans group in Northern Virginia, “but a lot of people can’t handle it.”

Biden laid into Trump on Monday night, referring to his late son Beau’s service in Iraq.

“Where in the hell is he from?” Biden said, before pointing to Beau and his own 29 visits to Iraq and Afghanistan. Biden then relayed a story.

“I found myself in Iraq being asked by General Odierno – a four-star – to pin a silver medal on a young captain, who had pulled someone out of a burning Humvee, risking his life,” Biden said. “And when I went to pin it on him in front of the entire brigade, he said to me – looked at me and said, ‘Sir, I don’t want the medal. I don’t want the medal.’ You know why? He said, ‘He died. He died, Mr. Vice President. I don’t want the medal.’

“How many nights does that kid go to sleep seeing that image?” Biden said, beginning to yell. “Dealing with it?”

Trump’s comments Monday drew criticism, given how veterans groups are trying to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues.

Biden hasn’t weighed in on the presidential race often, but Trump’s gaffe Monday opened the door wide to just such a criticism.

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