Trump: I’ve Been Endorsed By The Military ‘Conceptually, At Least’ (VIDEO)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

Donald Trump’s habit of claiming endorsements that do not exist kicked into gear again Tuesday morning, when the Republican nominee claimed to have been endorsed “largely, at least conceptually, by the military.”

Trump made the comment in an interview with WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida. In the same interview, Trump said “I’ve been endorsed by virtually every police department and police group.”

Obviously, the military and police departments don’t endorse candidates for president. It’s even unusual for retired military and intelligence officers, like Gen. Michael Flynn, a vocal and active Trump supporter, to stray into presidential politics.

Trump does have the endorsements of many national law enforcement membership organizations, as the Huffington Post notes, including the National Fraternal Order of Police, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, and the National Border Patrol Council.

But these groups don’t come close to representing all of American law enforcement, though Trump frequently claims to have the community’s broad support in rallies.

And though active duty service members prefer Trump in one poll, they don’t seem to do so enthusiastically.

A Military Times/Institute for Veterans and Military Families survey conducted Oct. 12-14 asked 2,500 active duty service members who they would vote for if the election were held today. Trump received 40.5 percent of the vote to Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson’s 27 percent and Hillary Clinton’s 20.6 percent.

Clinton lead in that same poll among female service members, 36 percent to Trump’s 26 percent, and tied with Gary Johnson among military officers at just over 31 percent. More than 60 percent of respondents said they had little faith that either Clinton or Trump could lead the military as commander-in-chief. The poll had a margin of error of “roughly 2 percent.”

Watch below:

Latest Livewire

Notable Replies

  1. Avatar for zsak zsak says:

    It’s a cast-iron bubble this man lives in.

  2. He sure has… By both the Russian and North Korean military.

  3. Well, like he said…he went to a military academy HIGH SCHOOL before he dodged the draft…so he UNDERSTANDS THOSE PEOPLE.

  4. Later sometime today, Donald will be holding a rally somewhere in Area 51 for his supporters. If you need to ask when and where, you are not invited to see his Conceptual Martian Circumcision and Presidential Endorsement Ceremony.

Continue the discussion at

32 more replies


Avatar for system1 Avatar for ajaykalra Avatar for ajoguy Avatar for littlegirlblue Avatar for lochsabill Avatar for commiedearest Avatar for maxwellsdemon Avatar for steviedee111 Avatar for crackerjack Avatar for inlabsitrust Avatar for sniffit Avatar for sonsofares Avatar for geofu54 Avatar for ignoreland Avatar for khaaannn Avatar for zlohcuc Avatar for wagonmound Avatar for edhedh Avatar for jacksonhts Avatar for grack Avatar for katscherger Avatar for zsak Avatar for maximus Avatar for badabingo

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: