Daughters Of Podiatrist Who Diagnosed Trump’s Bone Spurs Just Dropped A Bombshell

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.

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:

But of course, Trump has never been charged for any federal crimes he may have committed.

Some wish we could rectify this situation: 

Many weren’t surprised, and made jokes:


And many are just angry at this typical Trump move and all the damage it may have caused.

Just another misdeed to add to the stack.