Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015|4:54 p.m.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump stated Thursday that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl ought to have been carried out for leaving his post in Afghanistan.
“We’re tired of Sgt. Bergdahl, who’s a traitor, a no-good traitor, who must have been carried out,” Trump stated to joys at a rowdy rally inside a packed Las Vegas theater at the casino-hotel Treasure Island.
“Thirty years back,” Trump added, “he would have been shot.”
It was practically an aside in a list of complaints at the end of a more than hourlong, free-wheeling speech that included a big dosage of media bashing and a claim that he lagged Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s decision to drop out of the race for House speaker.
Bergdahl was charged in March with desertion and wrongdoing before the opponent. The Army conducted a hearing on his case previously this month. His lawyer, Eugene Fidell, said in a declaration that Trump “has actually become a damaged record on this subject.”
“If he took the time to study what in fact emerged at the preliminary hearing he would be singing a various tune,” Fidell said.
Trump has, in the past, pantomimed a shooting team, Fidell said.
Bergdahl has been implicated of leaving his post in southeastern Afghanistan in June 2009. He was held detainee by the Taliban for 5 years, then exchanged for 5 Taliban leaders being held by the U.S. Trump has actually long railed versus the deal.
The speech was stressed by shouts of support from the crowd that filled about 1,620 seats in the Las Vegas Strip gambling establishment theater usually reserved for acrobatic Cirque du Soleil productions.
His speech covered a spider-web of subjects that included his contempt for media protection, many of his fellow Republican presidential candidates and present political leadership as well as Thursday’s news that McCarthy had left of a race for House speaker.
“You understand, Kevin McCarthy is out. You know that, right?” he asked the crowd. “And they’re giving me a lot of credit for that due to the fact that I said you truly require somebody extremely, extremely tough and very smart. … We require smart, we require tough, we require the whole plan.”
Trump didn’t identify who had actually offered him credit for McCarthy dropping out.