Four-tour Iraq War veteran and comedian Bobby Henline on Monday, Sept. 7, said that President Donald Trump never called him a “loser.” He demanded that people stop using his image to promote an agenda that the president has denigrated fallen U.S. service members.
Citing anonymous sources, The Atlantic last week published a story alleging that President Trump canceled a trip to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in 2018 because he worried the rain would dishevel his hair, and that he called fallen soldiers “losers” and “suckers.”
After the publication, Henline’s face appeared on anti-Trump memes used to push the claims. “Are we done lying to people yet?” he asked in a video Monday. “That’s my face. I’m gonna tell you that’s not true. People, stop using me for your propaganda, for your agenda. I’m not here for that.”
“I don’t know what Trump said, but I’m sure he didn’t call me a loser. I didn’t hear him call me a loser, so this has got to stop. Stop using my image,” he said.
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“Fox News, call me. Somebody, let’s get this out there on a bigger platform so people would know not to use me—not to put a face to whatever this is they think he said. It’s ridiculous.” he added.
President Trump has vehemently denied The Atlantic report, calling the sources “liars” if they exist. “If they really exist, if people really exist that would have said that, they’re lowlifes and they’re liars. And I would be willing to swear on anything that I never said that about our fallen heroes. There is nobody that respects them more,” President Trump said at Joint Base Andrews after a campaign stop in Pennsylvania.
“So, I just think it’s a horrible, horrible thing. It made a great evening into frankly a very sad evening when I see a statement like that. No animal, nobody, what animal would say such a thing?” he added.
Nearly 700 American veterans have issued an open letter defending President Trump’s record on the military, and another 11 officials have gone on record refuting the Atlantic’s claims.
The Atlantic’s Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg reportedly communicates often with the magazine’s owner—billionaire philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs—a significant donor of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Over the weekend, Goldberg said that reporting on President Trump’s comments denigrating fallen soldiers has only just begun, reported the Hill. “I would fully expect more reporting to come out about this and more confirmation and new pieces of information in the coming days and weeks,” Goldberg said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
“We have a responsibility, and we’re going to do it regardless of what he says,” Goldberg added.