President Trump on Friday attacked a judge’s decision not to give prison time to Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdal, calling the ruling “a complete and total disgrace.”
“The decision on Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military,” the president tweeted as he flew on Air Force One to Asia.
The decision on Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017
Military judge Army Col. Jeffrey Nance, ruled Bergdahl should be dishonorably discharged and fined $1,000 per month for 10 months. Bergdahl pleaded guilty to walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009. He was captured by the Taliban and held for 5 years.
Trump called for Bergdahl’s execution just months before he officially announced his candidacy.
“Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should face the death penalty for desertion — five brave soldiers died trying to bring him back. U.S. has to get tough!” he tweeted in March 2015.
Judge Nance ruled he would consider Trump’s comments as a mitigating factor in Bergdahl’s sentencing.
Trump’s latest attack adds to a troubling pattern of defiling judges and the courts for rulings he disagrees with, a pattern that began long before his presidential campaign, and has continued into his presidency.
Earlier this week, Trump decried the American justice system as a “joke” and a “laughingstock” in response to Tuesday’s terror attack in New York that led to eight deaths and several serious injuries.
“We also have to come up with punishment that’s far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting right now,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday. “They’ll go through court for years. And at the end, they’ll be — who knows what happens.”
He added: “We need quick justice and we need strong justice — much quicker and much stronger than we have right now. Because what we have right now is a joke and it’s a laughing stock. And no wonder so much of this stuff takes place.”
Trump also said he would “certainly consider” sending the suspect to the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay.