'Draft-Dodger-in-Chief': Dukakis Fires Back After Trump Mocks Him for 1988 Tank Ad
Former Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis fired back after President Trump mocked him during a speech at a tank manufacturing plant in Ohio.
Trump told the crowd Wednesday that he wanted to climb into one of the tanks on display behind him, but worried that his popularity might take a hit.
"I want to get into them. [But] I remember when a man named Dukakis got into a tank. I remember, he tanked when he got into a tank," Trump said.
The then-Massachusetts governor was widely mocked for a 1988 campaign ad that showed him in a tank wearing military gear at a defense systems plant in Michigan.
The photo of Dukakis in an M1 Abrams tank was widely seen as an inauthentic attempt by the candidate to appear strong on national security before the election against then-President George H.W. Bush.
In statements made to the Boston Globe on Thursday, Dukakis slammed Trump, calling him a "rich kid" who used his father's influence and reported "bone spurs" to keep him out of the Vietnam War.
"I call Trump these days the 'draft-dodger-in-chief," Dukakis said.
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