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Even Grading on a Curve, Trump Failed tonight

Tonight Donald Trump made clear why he lacks the judgment and temperament to be Commander-in-Chief. Over the course of thirty minutes, he repeatedly praised Russian strongman Vladimir Putin. He called Putin a “leader” and pledged that if Putin “says great things about me, I’m going to say great things about him.” Trump also denigrated our military leadership by alleging that our generals “have been reduced to rubble.” And, he defended his 2013 tweet arguing that men and women serving together in the armed forces leads only leads to sexual assault.

See what others are saying about Trump’s unpresidential remarks and abysmal performance on foreign policy, the military, and our veterans and their families:

Associated Press: Trump has been criticized in the past for seeming to heap praise on Putin and other strongmen. But Trump was unapologetic on Wednesday night, saying he was happy to take a compliment from Putin. He says if Putin “says great things about me, I’m going to say great things about him.” Trump added, however, that Putin’s compliments would not influence his decision making as president.

New York Times: Mr. Trump also reiterated his praise for Vladimir V. Putin, Russia’s president, and argued that there was no evidence Russia had a hand in hacking the Democratic National Committee. “If he says great things about me, I’m going to say great things about him,” Mr. Trump, the Republican nominee, said of Mr. Putin. Mr. Trump also did not back away from his past suggestion that sexual assault in the military was inevitable after women joined the armed forces.

Politico: Trump, appearing after Clinton, insisted to Lauer that he had opposed the war — despite evidence to the contrary — quickly turning to criticize the current state of American foreign policy under President Barack Obama. Faced with his past statement that he knows more about ISIS than “the generals,” Trump responded that those same generals he would have to work with “have been reduced to rubble” under the leadership of Obama.

Associated Press: Trump remained persistently vague about his plans for defeating the Islamic State group, insisting that he privately has a blueprint for taking on the terror group but wanted to remain “unpredictable.”

Washington Post: Donald Trump on Wednesday defended a tweet that he posted three years ago that stated the estimated number of unreported sexual assaults in the military and then mused: “What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?”

TIME: Donald Trump said Wednesday that he was “correct” in 2013 when he said having women in the military increased the likelihood of sexual assault… Trump began by saying that it’s a “massive problem” and that “we’re going to have to come down very, very hard on that.” “The best thing we can do is set up a court system within the military,” he said. “Right now the court system practically doesn’t exist.”

ABC News: Trump did very little to tamper controversial talk about how he has been friendly with Russia throughout his campaign. “I think I would have a very, very good relationship with Putin. I think I would have a very, very good relationship with Russia,” Trump said.

CNBC: Donald Trump brushed off his lack of a specific policy to defeat the Islamic State terror groupon Wednesday night, claiming he had a plan but did not want to broadcast it to the United States’ enemies.

Huffington Post: Asked Wednesday during NBC’s Commander-in-Chief Forum in New York for his strategy to defeat ISIS, the real estate mogul doled out a heaping portion of word salad ― claiming he both did and did not have a plan, which could ultimately change once he speaks with the nation’s generals.

TPM:  Donald Trump lavished more praise on Vladimir Putin in Wednesday’s NBC News’ Commander-In-Chief forum, even after moderator Matt Lauer brought up the numerous ways Russia as sought to undermine U.S. interests. “Well, he does have an 82 percent approval rating according to the different pollsters, who by the way, some of them are based here,” Trump said. Trump went on to say he welcomed the compliments Putin has paid him.

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