Donald Trump continues to show he cares so much more about his reelection than actually taking care of people during this pandemic.
West Point Military Academy, America’s oldest military academy, was set to have its graduation online with Vice President Mike Pence as its speaker due to the coronavirus outbreak.
But the day before the virtual event, Trump “abruptly announced that he would, in fact, be speaking at West Point,” according to The New York Times. So now the academy is “summoning 1,000 cadets scattered across the country to return to campus in New York, the state that is the center of the outbreak” to hear Trump speak there in-person on Saturday, June 13.
Trump is sending the cadets to the state that has seen the most coronavirus infections in the country just so they can hear him speak in person.
The state has had over 287,000 confirmed cases and nearly 22,000 deaths so far.
People were not happy with Trump’s decision and they called him out on Twitter:
We really need to be clear about this: Trump is endangering an entire class of West Point graduates and supporting personnel and all their families specifically for his own vanity. This isn't about the Class of 2020. This is about Trump's ego. It is a reckless abuse of power.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) April 25, 2020
We should be very concerned that @realDonaldTrump is forcing a campaign rally on West Point graduates.
Here is something for the military to think about.
There are 6,213 soldiers w/covid19 & 26 have died.
He hasn't said a word about them except to fire the Capt protecting them.
— Pussy Footing Around 🏳️🌈 (@PussyFootinBlog) April 25, 2020
The Cadet Honor Code at @WestPoint_USMA is “A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.” How will the cadets be able to tolerate @realDonaldTrump, the biggest liar in history? #Hypocrisy #WestPoint https://t.co/X8HTBn2Cn0
— P.S. Urquidi (@psurquidi) April 24, 2020