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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke at a veterans’ event in Herndon, Va., on Monday.
During the event’s Q-and-A session, Trump was asked whether he would “support and fund a more holistic approach to solve the problems and issues of veteran suicide, PTSD, TBI and other related military mental and behavioral health issues" facing veterans.
Trump replied, "Yes, I would. Look, we need that so badly."
“When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat — and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over and you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it,” he said. “And they see horror stories. They see events that you couldn’t see in a movie. Nobody would believe it.”
“We need mental health help and medical, and it's one of the things that is least addressed and one of the things — one of the things that I hear most about when I go around and talk to the veterans,” Trump continued. "We are losing so many great people that can be taken care of if they have proper care."
The liberal media immediately jumped all over his remarks, twisting his words to make it sound as though Trump said veterans who commit suicide or have PTSD aren’t “strong” and “can’t handle” the horrors of war.
Others who read the liberal media's reports took to Twitter to express their outrage.
The man who asked Trump the question, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, came out in defense of Trump on Monday, criticizing the media for taking his “words out of context” so as to “deceive voters and veterans.”
“The media continues to operate as the propaganda arm of Hillary Clinton as they took Mr. Trump’s words out of context in order to deceive voters and veterans—an appalling act that shows they are willing to go to any length to carry water for their candidate of choice,” Flynn said in a statement. “Mr. Trump was highlighting the challenges veterans face when returning home after serving their country. He has always respected the service and sacrifice of our military men and women—proposing reforms to Veteran Affairs to adequately address the various issues veterans face when they return home.”