Donald Trump Jr. and veteran Paul Rieckhoff

Veteran To Don Jr. On Book Segment About Trump Family “Sacrifice”: Join The Military

Donald Trump Jr. has been attracting a lot of attention around the release of his book Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us, which was released on November 5. Not all of it has been positive, and it’s not only the left that has had a bad reaction to the book’s content. Regardless of political leanings, Iraq War Veteran Paul Rieckhoff was not impressed by the segment in which Don Jr. tells the story of when he visited the Arlington National Cemetery and pondered his family’s “sacrifices.”

“In that moment, I also thought of all the attacks we’d already suffered as a family, and about all the sacrifices we’d have to make to help my father succeed—voluntarily giving up a huge chunk of our business and all international deals to avoid the appearance that we were ‘profiting off the office,'” he wrote.

Veterans like Rieckhoff who never had any businesses or family wealth to sacrifice and so sacrificed their time, labor, safety, mental and physical health, and sometimes their lives instead collectively rolled their eyes.

“There’s a tone-deafness from the president and from his family around what it means to serve. Don Jr. is of age, if he really wants to understand what sacrifice is all about, he can join the military,” said Rieckhoff on CNN’s New Day. The veteran boycotted the New York Veterans Day parade due to Donald Trump’s participation, which he says politicized the event.

“It just reeks of politics.”

Trump’s speech in New York was the first time a U.S. president has participated in the event. Typically, presidents visit the Arlington cemetery on Veterans Day, where they are unlikely to be interrupted by massive protests and shouts of “lock him up.”

On Sunday, the father of an Iraq War soldier who was killed in action expressed a similar sentiment about Don Jr.’s story of his Arlington visit on MSNBC.

“They have no idea what service and sacrifice are when his turn, meaning Donald Trump’s turn, came to serve, he ran away,” said Khizr Khan. “It’s shameful, but we don’t expect any better from Donald Trump or Donald Trump Jr. because they have sacrificed nothing.”

We’ll see if Don Jr. has the nerve to dismiss all these veterans as being “triggered.”