I don’t know much bout PTSD; in fact, at this point, what I know mostly comes from the terrifying, waking nightmare that Edgar suffered in last week’s episode of You’re the Worst. It’s something that I absolutely cannot imagine, but even if I knew nothing else about it, I would never suggest that anyone’s experiences were not valid, or that PTSD only affects weaker people, as Donald Trump suggested to a group of veterans today.
Twitter’s reaction to Trump’s latest gaffe was swift and deservedly unmerciful.
Trump just told a room full of veterans that soldiers who suffer from PTSD aren't "strong" and "can't handle it" https://t.co/HCrFpFBcku— Austin Hunt (@AustinHunt) October 3, 2016
People who never had PTSD speaking on PTSD? pic.twitter.com/bDEobhXe0A— 1996 Nas 👻 (@MillerThaGod) October 3, 2016
If @realDonaldTrump is interested in vet suicide and PTSD, he should read "Thank You For Your Service" by David Finkel. So should you.— (((Peter Sagal))) (@petersagal) October 3, 2016
(Included just because I love “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me”)
Luckily, Trump was able to move past these foundation and tax stories today by criticizing people with PTSD.— Adam Smith (@asmith83) October 3, 2016
Remember: Colin K is "disrespecting" the troops and a man who's openly ridiculed POWs and PTSD sufferers is telling him to leave the country https://t.co/V6Bjo6kX77— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) October 3, 2016
I guess my buddy who I deployed with, who suffered from PTSD, and who took his own life wasn't as strong as a roomful of Trump's supporters. https://t.co/iLb5V4PYs8— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) October 3, 2016
Nothing says “you’re strong and can handle it” like sitting out a war b/c of bone spurs in your foothttps://t.co/HAdMW11lmE— Andrew Stiles (@AndrewStilesUSA) October 3, 2016
re trump's comments on PTSD, we need to bring this behavior back for some people pic.twitter.com/4mpDFTEBVY— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 3, 2016