U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, left, and Tedra Cobb. Watertown Daily Times

Tedra L. Cobb, the Democratic candidate for the NY-21 House seat, said she’s disgusted by how President Donald J. Trump has talked about veterans and those who have died while at war.

The Atlantic released a report Thursday alleging Mr. Trump has repeatedly called veterans and those who have died in war “losers” and “suckers.” The report states Mr. Trump canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in France, which holds the bodies of Americans who died in France during World War I, because he feared his hair would be messed up by inclement weather, and because he didn’t value the American war dead.

The report tied that incident to other cases where Mr. Trump has spoken disrespectfully about veterans and former prisoners of war. Specifically, the report mentioned what the president has said about the late Sen. John S. McCain.

“He’s not a war hero, I like people who weren’t captured,” the president said of Sen. McCain during a campaign speech in 2015.

Ms. Cobb was quick to criticize the president following The Atlantic’s report. One hour after it was released, she tweeted: “There is no bottom to the barrel. I believe these reports because I have watched this President lie, debase others, and choose our enemies over our own troops time and time again.”

Representative Elise M. Stefanik’s campaign denounced The Atlantic’s report as false, and said Rep. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, has fought hard to support soldiers and veterans during her time in office.

“This is false reporting and yet another desperate smear from the media lying and tearing down President Trump, just like Tedra Cobb does every day,” read an email from Rep Stefanik’s campaign spokesperson, Madison Anderson. “Taxin’ Tedra is the number one anti-Trump Democrat candidate in the entire country funded by Hollywood millionaires. Congresswoman Stefanik has a strong record of standing up for our troops, veterans, and the Fort Drum community.”

Parts of The Atlantic’s report were independently verified by The Associated Press and the Washington Post shortly after it was published.

Ms. Cobb said Rep. Stefanik sides with the president every time he insults or demeans Americans who she says he should be supporting.

“It’s who he is, and Elise Stefanik chooses him every time,” Ms. Cobb said Friday.

Rep. Stefanik has been a vocal supporter of Mr. Trump in recent months, defending him during the impeachment hearings in December, traveling with the president to Camp David and to his Tulsa rally, and serving as co-chair of his New York campaign team.

Ms. Cobb said the congresswoman’s reluctance to criticize the president shows how she’s only interested in her own political career.

“Elise Stefanik cares about protecting this president, and her own political ambition,” she said. “That’s why she doesn’t have the courage to stand up.”

Ms. Cobb said this is not the first time Rep. Stefanik has prioritized her own political career over standing up for her constituents.

“We’ve been talking about her behavior on the bounties put on the lives of American troops,” she said. “In 2018, Elise Stefanik and Donald Trump showed up at Fort Drum for a photo op, and to sign the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, and neither Trump nor Stefanik could find the guts to say Senator John McCain’s name.”

Ms. Cobb said considering the congresswoman’s position as co-chair of his New York campaign, until she comes out and issues a statement rejecting the president’s words, she’s tacitly agreeing with him.

“Until she comes out and unequivocally condemns his words and actions, they are hers,” Ms. Cobb said.

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Fox news has confirmed trump's hate filled words for our military,what says you pitiful,that's your man,losers


Supporting a racist and, now confirmed draft dodger critical of our nation's military heroes, is an an act of racism and, now, treason against our U.S. Constitution defended by our patriots (NOT "losers" and "suckers") serving in the military. Your vote will dictate if you are are a traitor or patriot. Stefanik supports a racist traitor.




Alright, show of hands. Who believes this?

Trump insisted that weather, not disrespect, forced the flight to be scrapped and that a motorcade would have had to wind its way through congested areas of Paris. “The Secret Service told me, ‘You can’t do it,’ ” he said. “I said, ‘I have to do it. I want to be there.’ They said, ‘You can’t do it.’”

The Die Hard President.


Retired military hacks backing a draft dodger


She said and did nothing on russian bounties,now she backs trump calling ft drum soldiers losers and suckers,wow,how could you vote for these two losers




How does someone in the military back a draft dodger


Do you back Biden? Same kind of draft dodger as Trump. He played the deferment game. 4 times then got a physical determination saying he had had adolescent asthma. What a joke he is. Did Cobb, her husband, or her children serve? Throw your stones equally, "truth" seeker.


Yes I back Biden. He doesn't lie about it.


How can you back Biden? Joe Biden received five student draft deferments during the Vietnam War and after they ran out he received a Selective Service classification of 1-Y, meaning he was available for service only in the event of national emergency, as a result of having asthma as a teenager.


Biden never called John McCain a loser. Biden never called other veterans losers. At least he was available for a national emergency, that's more than you can say about tRUMP. We have a national emergency now and that's why Biden is available now. There has to be a LOT of closet bigots and racists in this country for tRUMP to be getting the support he is albeit a minority. His supporters are willing to accept his lies and deceit just to make this an exclusively white country.


Trumps a slug,along with stefanik,and her pied pipers,god help us


Hmmm, do you really believe if this had happened, we would just now be reading about it? Sounds fake to me.


The republican establishment sounds fake to me.


It's not fair to hold Stefanik responsible for Trump just because she is so supportive of him. After all, he has power and she wants power. What else is she to do? Courage is for...


Another unsubstantiated claim by “anonymous” sources. More gaslighting from the fake media and Taxin Tedra falls for it. Just remember, Elise + 14...


This is the article:

The author, Jeffrey Goldberg, is the editor in chief of The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting.

"These sources, and others quoted in this article, spoke on condition of anonymity. The White House did not return earlier calls for comment, but Alyssa Farah, a White House spokesperson, emailed me this statement shortly after this story was posted: 'This report is false. President Trump holds the military in the highest regard. He’s demonstrated his commitment to them at every turn: delivering on his promise to give our troops a much needed pay raise, increasing military spending, signing critical veterans reforms, and supporting military spouses. This has no basis in fact.'”

Profiles in courage.

Charlie McGrath

Another anonymous sourced report by an award winning reporter to give it credibility. There will probably be ten more before the election. The pathetic left has no shame when it comes to unsubstantiated accusations. They know their Trump hating followers will drink every drop of the Kool-Aid that is served without hesitation. As long as it is bad for Trump it must be credible. Their strategy is to keep the Republicans on defense regardless of the truth. It has worked for 4 years.


Consider the source - Billionaire philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, the majority owner of The Atlantic, has donated over $1.2 million to former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic candidates and groups since 2019, Federal Election Commission records show. ----- Even John Bolton who is no friend to Trump said he attended every one of those meeting and the claims are all hogwash!


I wish at least a couple of the four would come forward. OTOH, I remember what happened to Alex Vindman, Maria Yovanovich and others who spoke out. These were people who lifetimes of service to this country that Trump would consider them suckers for. They got their careers destroyed and likely any number of death threats.


If the comments were on audio/video and were notarized you’d find a way to excuse them. How about the things we know he’s said in public that sound exactly the same. He has called McCain a loser in public. He did refuse to lower the flag to half staff at McCain’s death. There’s a photo of the WH flag not lowered and flags on buildings all around it that are. Trump and Stefanik did go to Ft. Drum to brag on a defense authorization named after McCain without mentioning his name. Trump did say dating was his own personal Vietnam because of STDs. He has attacked Gold Star families for not praising him sufficiently. Praise for him is more important than their loss.

Goldberg relied on 4 sources for the Atlantic. The AP and WashPo backed it with their reporting. The story has the ring of truth for anyone not brainwashed into the Cult of Trump. Still, it would be helpful if one or two came forward on the record. Considering what happened to Vindman and others it’s understandable not to want to be exposed.

This is what he said about retired Marine John Kelly just yesterday.

"I know John Kelly. He was with me, didn't do a good job, had no temperament, and ultimately he was petered out," Trump told reporters during a press briefing. "He got eaten alive. He was unable to handle the pressure of this job."


“Probably the only thing Barack Obama and I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated general,” Trump tweeted this past June.

This is why Trump’s approval was falling with the military before this story. Many see him for what he is. A glory (and other things) grabbing, loudmouth phony.


rdsouth posted a source for the claim, do you have a source to refute it?

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