Moulton knocks Trump for lack of military service

Moulton knocks Trump for lack of military service
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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 combat veteran and 2020 presidential candidate, hit President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE on Sunday over holding a military-focused "Salute to America" event on July 4 despite never having served himself.
"I think that Trump believes that by saluting the troops and saluting the flag today it makes up for his unwillingness to do so when it actually matters, his unwillingness to answer the call to go to Vietnam," Moulton said on ABC's "This Week."
"Real service to the country is making a sacrifice to do the right thing for others, to do the right thing for America," he added. "And Trump doesn't understand that at all."
Trump used his July 4 event to call for young people to join the military, which Moulton, who has made the needs of veterans a central part of his campaign, said was "quite something, coming from someone who refused to do it himself."
Still, Moulton said Trump could be harder to beat in 2020 than many Democrats realize.
"That's why I'm running a campaign based on service. On reclaiming patriotism from right-wing politicians who think they own it," he said. "On what it means from a Democratic perspective to keep America strong and safe."