The Claim: The Atlantic published an article claiming that multiple sources around Trump heard him call fallen U.S. troops “suckers” and “losers.” (occurred September 3, 2020)
Donald Trump has made many controversial statements about the military, many of which I disagree with. His comments regarding John McCain (a politician I deeply disliked but for other reasons) were insulting to those who at one point were prisoners of war.
It is important to remember that whenever a story like this is released, regardless of which party is in the White House, that anonymous sources are just that: anonymous. They should be taken with a grain of salt but are not. Those who like the President will say that the claims are untrue, while those who hate him will refuse to doubt their credibility.
In this case, ten witnesses have gone on the record to state that the claim is a lie. One of these being John Bolton, someone who was unable to work with Trump because of his stark criticism.
The claim is extremely hard to support or disprove, but that’s the object for those who write articles like this. “Anonymous sources” may be true at times, but it makes more sense to favor the side who is willing to show their faces when they speak.