Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl appeared before a military judge for a hearing on Monday at Fort Bragg, N.C. He is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy for leaving his base in Afghanistan in 2009.
The defense is arguing that Bergdahl cannot get a fair trial because Donald Trump has personally commented on the case, including referring to Bergdahl as a traitor and insinuating that he should be thrown out of a plane without a parachute.
Bergdahl’s defense team submitted a motion to dismiss the charges last month, and included a list of more than 40 instances of Trump speaking publicly about Bergdahl, dating back to April 2015.
According to the motion, Trump referred to Bergdahl as a traitor at least 45 times during the presidential campaign, specifically calling the sergeant a “no-good traitor,” a “no-good, rotten traitor,” a “dirty, rotten traitor,” a “dirty, no-good traitor,” a “no-good, dirty, rotten traitor,” a “bum,” a “horrible traitor,” a “horrible, terrible, dirty, rotten traitor,” a “dirty, rotten deserter,” a “very bad person,” a “whack job,” a “son of a bitch” and “the worst.”Click here for reuse options!
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