- President Donald Trump got off Air Force One on Thursday to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son,” a song about children of influential families who were able to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
- Trump was one of those people. He received draft deferments five times in the 1960s and 1970s: four for college and one for a medical condition called bone spurs.
- The New York Times reported in 2018 that a foot doctor might have falsely diagnosed Trump with bone spurs as a favor to his father.
- Trump — who was getting off his plane to attend a campaign rally in Freeland, Michigan — has been at odds with the military since an Atlantic report last week said he had called fallen American troops “losers.”
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President Donald Trump’s campaign played a song about rich people dodging the Vietnam War draft — which Trump did five times — as the president got off his plane for a rally in Michigan on Thursday.
The 1969 song “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival blared as Air Force One arrived at MBS International Airport in Freeland to crowds of Trump supporters.
You can watch the moment here:
The song is sung from the perspective of young men drafted to fight in the Vietnam War who didn’t have the powerful connections to avoid going.
The lyrics include the lines “Some folks are born silver spoon in hand / Lord, don’t they help themselves, no” and “It ain’t me, it ain’t me / I ain’t no millionaire’s son.”
The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel tweeted that it was “an entry for the ‘nobody listened to the lyrics’ hall of fame.”
It wasn’t clear whether the song choice was intentional. The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
Trump received draft deferments five times in the 1960s and 1970s, according to Snopes: four times for college, and once for having bone spurs, or protrusions of calcium on the heel bone, that qualified him for a medical exemption.
In December 2018, The New York Times reported that a foot doctor might have falsely diagnosed Trump with bone spurs to avoid the Vietnam War as a favor to Trump’s father, who was also the doctor’s landlord.
Michael D’Antonio, a biographer who wrote the 2015 book “Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success,” has said that when he interviewed Trump for his book, Trump “took off his shoes and tried to show me these bone spurs.”
“I didn’t see anything,” D’Antonio said.
It was not uncommon for young men from influential families to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War, as Business Insider previously reported.
Thursday’s campaign rally came after a week of tension between Trump and the military following a September 3 report in The Atlantic detailing how Trump had called fallen US troops “losers” and “suckers.”