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Biden lashes out at Trump for PTSD comments

Tuesday, October 04, 2016 - 01:42

''Where in the hell is he from?'' asks U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, attacking Republican Donald Trump for his controversial comments on combat veterans and mental health. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke at a rally for Hillary Clinton in Sarasota, Florida, Monday night (October 3). He laid into the Republican president nominee, Donald Trump, for comments made on combat veterans' mental health. "Where in the hell is he from?" asked Biden. At an event with veterans in Herndon, Virginia, Trump called for better mental health services for those returning from combat, saying that while many are "strong," others "can't handle" what they have seen on the battlefield. The response struck some as insulting to veterans struggling with PTSD, as the Republican candidate works to motivate traditionally conservative military voters to support him in the Nov. 8 presidential election. "I found myself in Iraq being asked by General Odierno - a four-star - to pin a silver medal on a young captain, who had pulled someone out of a burning Humvee, risking his life. And when I went to pin it on him in front of the entire brigade, he said to me - looked at me and said, 'Sir, I don't want the medal. I don't want the medal.' You know why? He said, 'He died. He died, Mr. Vice President. I don't want the medal,'" said Biden. "How many nights does that kid go to sleep seeing that image?" Biden said, beginning to yell. "Dealing with it?" PTSD was among the most talked about topics on Twitter on Monday, as many social media users responded to Trump's comments. "I don't think he was trying to be mean," said Biden. "He is just so thoroughly, completely uninformed."

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Biden lashes out at Trump for PTSD comments

Tuesday, October 04, 2016 - 01:42