‘Disgusting, Disgraceful’: Fury as Trump Suggests Ditching Kurds Justified Because ‘They Didn’t Help Us With Normandy’

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In remarks that sparked outrage and left some critics at a loss for words, President Donald Trump on Wednesday attempted to justify his decision to abandon Kurdish forces in Syria by criticizing Kurds for not assisting the United States in World War II.

“As somebody wrote in a very powerful article today, they didn’t help us in the Second World War, they didn’t help us with Normandy, as an example,” Trump said during a signing ceremony for unrelated executive orders. “They’re there to help us with their land, and that’s a different thing.”

As The Daily Beast‘s Will Sommer pointed out, Trump’s remarks appear to have been inspired by a Tuesday article written by right-wing columnist Kurt Schlichter.

British historian Akil N. Awan was quick to point out on Twitter that Kurds “DID fight on the Allied side in WW2.”

“They helped break the siege following the 1941 pro-Nazi coup d’état in Iraq and were part of the (pro-Allied) Iraq Levies,” said Awan. “By 1942 Kurds made up 25% of the force. By 1943, 10 of the 44 companies comprising the Iraq Levies were Kurdish.”

In addition to condemning the president’s historical ignorance, critics also slammed Trump’s comments as unspeakably cruel:

 

 

 

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Rutokin
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Rutokin

He’s destroying our relationships with all of our allies, he needs to go ASAP

Linda
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Linda

Wait!!!! How many years ago was that?? This is appalling!!!

David Bishop
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David Bishop

Mitch and the senate agree with Russia and its subsidiary (USA), otherwise those traitors would be outraged too.

Neverevertrumper
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Neverevertrumper

The worst is yet to come-it hasnt happened
yet-but trump is on course to make it happen and our elected officials are going to sit there scared of trump and allow it….NOT proud to be American today

Wolf by Wolf
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Wolf by Wolf

I don’t know why he’s complaining, since NONE of his family members, past or present, have EVER served the Country!

Independent
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Independent

My dad went in through Normandy, stopped at the Hurtgen Forest for the winter and ended up in the Battle of the Bulge. Where was his father? In a rally for Nazis where he was arrested. Rotten apple didn’t fall from the tree.