Dr. Elysa Braunstein and Sharon Kessel––the daughters of Dr. Larry Braunstein, who died in 2007––say their podiatrist father helped Donald Trump craft his infamous “bone spurs” ailment to get out of Vietnam war service.
Larry Braunstein, who set up his podiatry practice in the Trump-owned Edgerton Apartments in Jamaica, Queens, often spoke of signing off on the diagnosis, they said.
“I know it was a favor,” Elysa Braunstein told the New York Times. “What he got was access to Fred Trump. If there was anything wrong in the building, my dad would call and Trump would take care of it immediately. That was the small favor that he got.”
Larry Braunstein did not leave any medical records after his death, so the sisters don’t have documentation that would corroborate their claim. President Trump has claimed to have documentation, however, but has never produced it.
President Trump has often provided vague answers when questioned about his diagnosis, and people don’t seem surprised by the sisters’ claim.
Donald’s dad Fred Trump had a podiatrist give him a fake diagnosis of bone spurs so he could dodge the draft. One of five times he got a draft deferment. The other four he used school as the excuse. What a sniveling weak coward. Sounds exactly like the traitor we’ve come to know.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) December 26, 2018
Fred Trump found not one but two separate doctors willing to lie about fake bone spurs and commit fraud to get Donald J. Trump out of the military draft. That says a lot about how doctors cater to the rich and powerful as much as it does about Trump being a silver spoon coward.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) December 26, 2018
Of course, Trump lied about the "bone spurs" that got him out of serving in Vietnam. As we know, he lies about everything. Add it to the list.
— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) December 26, 2018
This story about the podiatrist falsifying Trump’s bone-spurs diagnosis is an effective reminder that we truly don’t know a goddamned thing about the physical health of the president, who happens to be the oldest one ever elected and has the diet of a garbage disposal.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) December 26, 2018
With respect to @paulwaldman1, I couldn’t disagree more with his judgment that Trump’s draft dodging is a minor thing. It speaks to how privilege shaped his character and perspective. Those are all things that are quite important to know about a president. https://t.co/f8lUIBOAoz
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) December 26, 2018
58,220 US soldiers died in the Vietnam War.
About 7,000 US soldiers have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.
— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸 (@DemWrite) December 26, 2018
Trump has often been mocked for his bone spurs story, perhaps most notably by the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ).
The relationship between the two men was notoriously contentious and in 2015, Trump, then a presidential candidate, infamously said that McCain, a veteran of the armed forces who was a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam, was “not a war hero.”
“He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said at the time.
McCain, in response, mocked Trump’s multiple draft deferments, pointing to wealthy Americans who were able to get out of being drafted into service. McCain has been awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his military service.
“One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest-income level of America, and the highest-income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur,” McCain said. “That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”
Trump received five military draft deferments during the Vietnam War, including one medical deferment after he was diagnosed with bone spurs––protrusions caused by calcium built up on the heel bone––in his foot while a student at the private New York Military Academy. “I had a doctor that gave me a letter — a very strong letter on the heels,” he said during an interview with The New York Times in 2016 explaining his deferments, adding that the heel spurs were “not a big problem, but it was enough of a problem.”
Clearly, now it seems like there was no problem.
A couple of people brought up this point:
— T Simms (@simms3710) December 26, 2018
Isn't that illegal x
— Nefilian xxxxxxx (@Pippaprice3) December 27, 2018
But of course, Trump has never been charged for any federal crimes he may have committed.
Some wish we could rectify this situation:
Can someone go back in time and change this pls? Send Trump to Vietnam?
— Karen Foreman-Brown (@serenity22) December 26, 2018
Well, there's only one way to rectify this, time to send him to the front line.
— ❤️💜Savvy Lopez💜❤️ (@ZombifiedMisfit) December 26, 2018
Many weren’t surprised, and made jokes:
I read this today, and it doesn't surprise me. He is so fake….,very very fate.
— Kaye (@Kaye79516484) December 27, 2018
Hold on there! Are you suggesting that Trump might not have been truthful regarding his bone spurs?!?
I'm shocked, I tell you! Shocked!!
— Nunya Bizness (@NotyaBizz) December 26, 2018
I’m shocked I tells ya. Shocked!
— Garris Wimmer (@Nycgar) December 26, 2018
And many are just angry at this typical Trump move and all the damage it may have caused.
Which means someone went in his place
— ce (@kellygirl2004) December 26, 2018
That we as native New Yorkers has always known and for the most part hated! 🖕🏾this guy.
— Lashana (@IamLashana) December 26, 2018
his dad also paid for his graduation certificate …. its all fraud
— jay sea (@cosmicfirepeace) December 26, 2018
I wonder if people died in his place.
— Roy (@2cthulhu4me) December 27, 2018
Let's not be 2 surprised that #trump did something, or had someone close to him do something DISHONEST to get out of doing something the law requires him2 do.Thats his whole thing lol He told us he was a dishonest snake over+over during his campaign🤣He has no honor whatsoever 🤣
— Ben (@Artbybenhigbie) December 27, 2018
Just another misdeed to add to the stack.