2020 Dem Seth Moulton: Trump is not a patriot

2020 Dem Seth Moulton: Trump is not a patriot
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Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden's defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader's killing had US training Business, labor groups teaming in high-speed rail push Here's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer MORE (D-Mass.), a 2020 presidential candidate, said Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party MORE is "not a patriot."

“I think we need to take on Donald Trump, not just in his job as president, but his job as commander-in-chief, that’s where he’s weakest," Moulton, who launched his White House bid earlier this month, said on CNN's "State of the Union."

“He’s not a patriot," he added. "I mean, he is not a patriot at all.”


Host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperDemocrats barrel toward August voting rights deadline CBC presses Biden to extend eviction moratorium The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE pressed Moulton on his comments, asking whether he thinks Trump "loves this country."

Moulton, a former Marine Corps officer, responded by pointing to Trump's response to Russian interference in the 2016 election, his criticism of veterans like the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain to produce 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear An August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Meghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' MORE (R) and his feud with Gold Star father Khizr Khan.

"I don’t think a president who encourages Russia to attack us as he did during the campaign, I don’t think a president who disparages American heroes like John McCain and Captain Kahn, I don’t think a president who cozies up to Kim Jong-Un and sells out South Korea ... I don’t think that’s a president who embodies patriotism," Moulton said.

Moulton also noted Trump's lack of service in the Vietnam War. The president received a number of draft deferments, including a medical exemption for bone spurs in his feet. Trump's critics have repeatedly questioned the diagnosis, with one former senator recently challenging Trump to have his feet x-rayed. 

"Patriotism is being willing to stand up and serve your country," Moulton said Sunday.