The internet was set ablaze on Thursday night with reporting from The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg reported that Trump called American service members who perished in war "suckers" and "losers."
Four sources told Goldberg that Trump made the comments during his 2018 visit to France to commemorate the Battle of Belleau Wood at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery. Trump made waves at the time when he didn't attend the memorial, among whose honorees included the nearly two thousand Marines who died in the battle.
The report also claims that Trump was irate when he learned that flags had been lowered to half staff for the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ), whom Trump reportedly called a "f---ing loser" for spending five years as a prisoner of war.
Another harrowing detail describes a moment between Trump and then-Chief of Staff John Kelly at Arlington National Cemetery. The two visited the grave of Kelly's son, who died in Afghanistan in 2010. Trump reportedly asked Kelly "what was in it" for his son to serve.
A friend of Kelly's told Goldberg what he'd gleaned from the pair's interaction:
"[Trump] can't fathom the idea of doing something for someone other than himself. He just thinks that anyone who does anything when there's no direct personal gain to be had is a sucker. There's no money in serving the nation."
Democratic nominee Joe Biden, whose son Beau served in Army, responded to the news in a statement.
It reads in part:
"If the revelations in today's Atlantic article are true, then they are yet another marker of how deeply President Trump and I disagree about the role of the President of the United States."
He went on to honor troops who'd died in war:
"From the frontlines of our own Revolution to Belleau Wood to the Normandy beaches to the mountains of Afghanistan, the sacrifice and bravery of our troops and their willingness to serve our nation should be honored."
He reiterated the heart of the statement on Twitter.
People felt Biden's words deeply contrasted those attributed to Trump.
Meanwhile, people blasted Trump.
In his youth, Trump dodged the draft at least five times.