Politics

Buttigieg says Trump chose to ‘fake a disability’ instead of serving in Vietnam

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has rehashed a nagging controversy from President Donald Trump’s past.

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In a recent interview, the South Bend, Ind., mayor and Afghanistan War veteran asserted that Trump used his “privileged status to fake a disability in order to avoid serving in Vietnam.”

The president’s draft deferments decades ago have been a recurring source of debate among his critics. Buttigieg said he has “a pretty dim view” of Trump’s decision to cite bone spurs as a reason to avoid service.

“This is actually really important because I don’t mean to trivialize disability, but I think that’s exactly what he did,” Buttigieg said.

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