Of course he said those things.
Of course Donald Trump denigrated our war dead. Our prisoners of war. Our injured veterans.
If we did not already have video proof of his disparaging John McCain for being a POW, plus video denigrating the Gold Star Khan family, the Atlantic article would seem improbable, if not totally fictitious, or at the very least a plant by China to discredit him.
But we have seen his behavior multiple times. In our hearts we know that this history-ignorant, dollar-centric man could and probably did say those vile, unpatriotic statements quoted in Atlantic (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/09/trump-americans-who-died-at-war-are-losers-and-suckers/615997/).
He and his apologists could deny it all they want, say it is fake news or pass it off as another feeble attempt at humor. But we know it is true.
Think about all of the government institutions Trump has trashed. He said he knows more than generals, even his handpicked generals who finally left his torturous service. He questioned their bravery and intelligence. He has questioned the findings of our intelligence services, taking the word of a Russian dictator over theirs. He has besmirched the integrity of our judiciary, from the chief justice of the Supreme Court on down. He has verbally abused the FBI. He has politicized the National Weather Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Department, the Postal Service, the State Department, the Homeland Security Department, the Treasury Department. I could go on and on.
Sadly, more than 40% of our fellow citizens still find his behavior acceptable.
How low we as a nation have sunk.