Presidential candidate Donald Trump may have scored one of his best endorsements this week when news came forth that local Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, a former Iraq war veteran and defender of United States soldiers being punished by the American military for defending young children from Afghan child rape and slavery overseas, came out to officially support him. And Hunter believes there are “more Trump supporters” in Congress as well.
‘We need a leader as president’
Congressman Hunter will support Trump for the Republican nomination, according to various media reports including a story by Paco Ramos online at cbs8. Quoting Hunter in his story, Ramos reports that Hunter and Trump “see eye-to-eye” on a number of issues, and it is not just limited to border security. “We don’t need a policy wonk as president. We need a leader as president.” Hunter is telling his colleagues the same thing: “I’m in, and I’ve been in.”
Congressman Hunter has been clear on what he sees as a current problem facing American soldiers such as Sgt. Charles Martland and Captain Daniel Quinn (see story here) who are being punished after acting to protect a child from sexual assault by an Afghan commander. Rep. Hunter is quoted on Twitter:
“There is no policy that requires our soldiers to look the other way, but, clearly, the fact that Quinn, Martland and others have been punished for intervening in such cases of abuse shows exactly how our military leadership has decided to handle these cases.”
Indeed, the Inspector General for the Department of Defense is now alerted and handling the matter of “Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse by Members of the Afghan National Defense,” as can be seen in a DODIG memorandum, which is dated February 19, 2016. Media reports are credited with creating concern among members of Congress and the public. It states:
“During the late summer and fall 2015, a series of print and broadcast news articles surfaced allegations of child sexual abuse by Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) officials, particularly against young boys, and created significant concern among Members of Congress and the public. We have been conducting a research project related to these issues since October 28, 2015. This announcement is to inform you that we are now conducting a full assessment addressing these issues.”
Speaking out against Afghan child rape and slavery
Rep. Hunter has been informing others as well. He has placed his plea to Secretary Ash Carter and the World on his own official website, which is a re-post from Foxnews. Some of that information would be horrific to any human being with a moral conscience: “In 2011, Quinn and Martland received reports that an Afghan woman was severely beaten by an Afghan commander when she went looking for her son. Turned out her son had been kidnapped, chained to a bed and repeatedly raped by that same Afghan commander.”
When Captain Quinn and Sgt. Martland confronted the Afghan commander, it is reported that “[h]e laughed in their face, told them he would not stop, and suggested they find something else to do with their time.” So Quinn picked up the commander and threw him on the ground, it is reported, and then Martland did the same thing. They wanted to persuade the pedophile “that the abuse of children—especially in the presence of U.S. forces—won’t be tolerated.” But the Army threw its collective weight against the soldiers. Martland was told he “lacked integrity.” Which likely upsets many vets in America, some of which voice support for Trump as President.
Given the previous news reports regarding Donald Trump’s negative views on the Iraq War and the Bush Administration thinking that it could be turned into a “wonderful democracy,” as one story from 2004 by Corky Siemaszko writing for the NewYorkDailyNews shows, Trump may find this particular endorsement meaningful. Hunter is a former Marine, elected to Congress in 2008 per politico. Basically, voters in the district opted to have Hunter replace his father, Duncan L. Hunter, who ran “an unsuccessful presidential campaign” in 2008.
“I’ve liked Trump since the beginning,” Rep. Hunter is quoted in the Politico article by writer Nick Gass. “I think you have more Trump supporters in Congress. They just have to come out of the closet, so to speak,” he said.