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 MoultonTrump set to confront his impeachment foes Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa The DCCC's 'blacklist' protects a white male political status quo MORE (D-Mass.), a 2020 presidential candidate, said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll 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 ramp up attacks on opponents in final pitch before New Hampshire George Conway: 'Verdict of history' will be on Romney's side Buttigieg says Democrats must 'galvanize,' not 'polarize' voters 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 McCainOvernight Defense: GOP lawmaker takes unannounced trip to Syria | Taliban leader pens New York Times op-ed on peace talks | Cheney blasts paper for publishing op-ed GOP lawmaker makes unannounced trip to northeastern Syria Meghan McCain after Gaetz says Trump should pardon Roger Stone: 'Oh come on' 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.