Trump Defenders Diss Vets Story, as Other Outlets Pile On

Fallout continues over report in the 'Atlantic'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2020 11:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – The big political story of the day is the scathing article by Jeffrey Goldberg in the Atlantic alleging that President Trump referred to America's war dead as "suckers" and "losers." It's a potentially damning piece two months before an election in which Trump can't afford to lose the support of the military, notes the New York Times. Trump has forcefully denied it, and his supporters are seizing on the fact that the story is based on anonymous sources. Coverage:

  • Not credible: "Goldberg's story is trash," per a post at RedState by Bonchie. "Anonymous sources who heard it from [a] friend who heard it from a friend are not real sources. They are just political tools to push a narrative." The post suggests that the story came from former defense chief James Mattis because he's disgruntled Trump didn't follow his lead on Syria. Twitchy rounds up post after post making the same point on the anonymous sourcing.

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