A veteran from New York who passed away recently made sure to send President Donald Trump a clear message in his obituary. Mark Schroeder, who passed away on September 10, told Trump he was neither “a sucker or a loser” in the final paragraph of his obituary, which was posted on the Prudden and Kandt Funeral Home‘s website.
“Mark Schroeder was a lot of things,” the obituary reads. “He was a father, a hero, a best friend, a teacher, a brother, and some times a real son of a b***h. But one thing he was not Mr. Trump was a sucker or a loser! He was a proud veteran till the day he died.”
From 1969 to 1971, Schroeder enlisted in the U.S. Army. According to his obituary, he served in Vietnam during his time in the military.
His obituary message was a response to recent reports about President Trump. Supposedly, the president made dismissive remarks about American veterans and active soldiers. In fact, Trump allegedly referred to soldiers killed in action as “losers” and “suckers” during a 2018 visit to France.
Allegations about Trump’s harsh comments were first reported in The Atlantic. Later, a senior Defense Department official to the Associated Press confirmed the commments.
Details of Trump and His ‘Suckers’ and ‘Losers’ Comments
Staff claimed that Trump did not want to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in northern France. He said he did not want to visit, becuase the cemetery was “filled with losers.”
During the same trip, Trump allegedly made further disparaging comments about American troops. He called the 1,800 Marines who died at the battle of Belleau Wood in World War I “suckers” for getting killed.
However, Trump defended himself against the allegations.
Trump told reporters on September 3, “I would be willing to swear on anything that I never said that about our fallen heroes. There is nobody that respects them more. No animal—nobody—what animal would say such a thing?”
Also, at the Oval Office the next day, Trump said that he’s “done more for the military than almost anyone else.”
Democratic nominee Joe Biden slammed Trump for the allegations.
“If the revelations in today’s Atlantic article are true, then they are yet another marker of how deeply President Trump and I disagree about the role of the President of the United States,” Biden said.
“Duty, honor, country—those are the values that drive our service members,” said Biden. From 2008 to 2009, Biden’s son Beau served in the military in Iraq.
Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth, a retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel who lost both of her legs in the Iraq War, also publicly blasted Trump for his alleged comments.
“Of course he thinks about war selfishly,” Duckworth said on September 4. “He thinks of it as a transactional cost, instead of in human life and American blood spilled. He doesn’t understand other people’s bravery and courage because he’s never had any of his own.”