President Donald Trump made the rather ridiculous claim that parents of fallen Korean War soldiers came up to him on the campaign trail and begged for their sons’ remains to be brought home.
Yet, here is the thing. The math is not exactly in his favor.
The Korean War ended in 1953. While they technically could still be alive, it is unlikely that they are attending a campaign event calling for the return of their sons’ bodies.
There is also the problem that according to Trump’s account, it is not just one very elderly parent of a Korean war veteran, but more than one, as evidenced by use of the word “we.”
“When you can, president, we’d love our son to be brought back home — you know, the remains,” he recalled them saying, despite the fact he just said he was on the campaign trail and not POTUS yet.
The comment did not go unnoticed by media Twitter who noted Trump’s claims simply did not add up.
It's the "we" that really sells it, the *two* 110-year-olds, side by side, making their plea to the candidate.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 13, 2018
Trump has no idea the Korean war ended in 1953, he cannot do math, he does not care, and he is a pathological liar. https://t.co/BbHNS64aT5
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) June 13, 2018
Korean War ends 1953, or 65 years ago. You had to be 18 to be drafted, so that would make Korean War vets at least 65+18=83 y.o. today. And if the vets’ parents had them, conservatively, when the parents were 20 y.o., parents would today be 103 y.o.
Trump lied about our vets. https://t.co/ljzzIxOLiI
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) June 13, 2018
Yet, perhaps not surprisingly, Fox News found a way to try to make Trump right, bringing on family members — not parents — of Korean War vets who were, indeed, happy at the idea of seeing their loved ones remains back home.
Joan Morris on @POTUS' efforts to bring home remains of Korean War soldiers: "It was very heartwarming to see that there was a care there for getting our soldiers back home." #TheStory pic.twitter.com/0RZbj1JCIc
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 13, 2018
Watch above, via Fox News.
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