World War II hero and former Senator Bob Dole is standing by Donald Trump even as many Republican officials are abandoning the candidate over locker room talk he engaged in over a decade ago.
One of a dwindling number of veterans who fought in the greatest military conflict in the world’s history, Dole made it clear that Trump is the man, and that Republican leaders need to quit crying and rally behind him.
Dole, the 1996 Republican nominee for president, told the Wall Street Journal that there was no way he would stop supporting Trump just because he used crude language when talking about women 11 years ago.
Dole told the Journal,
“I look at it a little differently. I’ve been a Republican forever. The party has been very good to me. I’ve had many opportunities as a Republican, and I find it very difficult to desert the party after Trump won 40 percent of the vote in the primary.”
“It was 11 years ago. He shouldn’t have said it, but there’s nothing he can do about it except to do well in the debate. I think he can overcome a lot of this in the debate tomorrow night.”
He went on the slam Hillary and her husband saying, “The Clintons aren’t pure either.”
Dole went against elected Republicans and officials early in the primary when he endorsed Trump, also.
In April of 1945, 2d Lt. Dole & his platoon were fighting on the front lines in the Apennine mountains in Italy.
His platoon was ordered to take a heavily fortified hill. After an aerial bombardment, Dole’s men moved in. The Germans had survived the bombardment and counterattacked the advancing Americans. Dole’s platoon was being mowed down. He needed to radio for reinforcements, but his radioman had been hit.
As Dole was dragging his radioman to safety, he was hit by machine gun fire in his back and right arm. He “drifted in and out of consciousness.” His men, not believing he would make it, gave him as much morphine as they thought he could handle, and wrote an M on his forehead with his own blood (This so other soldiers who encountered him would know he had been given all the morphine his body could take. Any more would be fatal). Dole was eventually evacuated. When he arrived stateside, he recovered from his wounds at Percy Jones Army Hospital.
Dole received two Purple Hearts, and the Bronze Star “with combat “V” for valor for his attempt to assist a downed radioman.”
After valiantly fighting for his country, his men, and for freedom, it’s easy to see how Dole could view the Republican establishment abandoning Trump over things he said 11 years ago as petty. Pretty sure the message this war hero is sending to those like Ryan and Romney who oppose Trump is, “time to suck it up!”
Nothing like having a WWII combat hero on your side.