Trump made wrong choice for medal

To the editor:

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award that the president of the United States can bestow on a citizen. The award is given to a person who has made exceptional contributions to the security of national interests of America, to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Two men were sitting in the same row during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

One, a former Eagle Scout and fighter pilot who fought in three wars — World War II, Korea and Vietnam; had 409 combat missions, one of the highest combat total by an Air Force pilot; was awarded the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters; and served with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, a unit that distinguished itself despite the racial bigotry in the armed forces at that time that believed men of color could not fight.

The other was a draft dodger during Vietnam who got deferment for a cyst on his behind; an anti-drug crusader who was addicted to drugs; a climate change denier who stated that women who fight for the rights are “Feminazis”; a man who said the existence of gorillas disproves the theory of evolution; a radio personality who stated that women saying “no” really mean “yes” if men know how to recognize it in sexual consent and that Michael J. Fox is faking Parkinson’s. He also said Iraqi war veterans against the war are phony soldiers.

One received the Medal of Freedom.




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