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People Are Appalled At A Comment Trump Just Made About The Military

"It should be a requirement that in order to direct troops in harm's way, one should have first faced it themselves."

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The Republican presidential candidate told his supporters that when troops are riding in armored vehicles and they are struck by the explosive, they just "go for a little ride."

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Trump was discussing a conversation he had with a family friend who had served two tours in the Middle East.

He said the man told him that the "enemy" had taken some of the U.S.' best equipment, including state-of-the-art armored vehicles. Trump went on to describe why he thinks these vehicles are so crucial to the war effort.

"If a bomb goes off, our wounded warriors, instead of losing their legs, their arms, worse, they're okay," he said. "They go for a little ride upward, and they come down. The best stuff, all gone. Taken by the enemy. Taken by the enemy."

After his remark circulated on Twitter, many people said they were shocked he would claim an IED inflicts no damage on troops.

Wonder how veterans feel about Trump calling being hit by an IED "just going for a little ride." #iacaucus

And some shared photos of what really happens when a soldier survives an IED.

"What happened to me is a patriotic tax that I'm happy to pay." - Major Alaa Al-Edani after surviving an IED blast.

"Wonder how veterans feel about Trump calling being hit by an IED 'just going for a little ride,'" this man wrote.

Wonder how veterans feel about Trump calling being hit by an IED "just going for a little ride." #iacaucus

Jon Soltz, an Iraq War Veteran who is the chairman of VoteVets.org, said that these "little rides" Trump speaks of sends soldiers to their graves.

@realDonaldTrump has forgotten armor piercing IEDs sent OUR troops on a "little ride" to their graves! #Election2016 #IowaCaucus

Soltz told BuzzFeed News that there were many casualties of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who died while in an armored vehicle, and for Trump to imply otherwise shows he has a "complete lack of knowledge about the military."

"For him to say something like he just said means he has no idea what is going on in Iraq and Afghanistan," he said.

Soltz said it is important to note that while Americans have improved armored vehicle technology, our enemies are also improving their technology to attack the vehicles. He said Trump's comments show he is not equipped to be commander-in-chief.

"He's cavalier with other peoples lives and when it benefits him he will sacrifice American lives," he said.

Family members of military members who have been struck by an IED said they couldn't believe Trump's words.

@redsteeze @bkesling Wow, that's exactly what my husband was thinking when he got hit by an IED? Trump is a joke!

And some people suggested if Trump thinks it is no big deal, he should try it out for himself.

It should be a requirement that in order to direct troops in harm's way, one should have first faced it themselves. https://t.co/tRvGu6BTuj

"All right, in that case let's send Donald Trump in an [armored] limo over an IED if it's "going for a little ride,'" one woman said.

All right, in that case let's send Donald Trump in an armoured limo over an IED if it's "going for a little ride".

Paul Szoldra, a writer and veteran, said that the comment was insulting to any military member who has died in an IED attack.

Trump raises $5 million for his own foundation “for veterans” one day. Next day insults thousands of troops killed in IED attacks. TYFYS.

"This is so ignorant and offensive, but I guess that's par for the course for Trump," this man wrote.

This is so ignorant and offensive, but I guess that's par for the course for Trump. cc: @jrsalzman https://t.co/jbhlQQIYwp

Some people wondered if the comment would be Trump's end.

So an IED comment may be the downfall of Trump?

"Ok Trump supporters, we get it, issues don't matter. But this? From someone wanting to be Commander in Chief?" one man asked.

Ok Trump supporters, we get it, issues don't matter. But this? From someone wanting to be Commander in Chief? https://t.co/iVyFlOS9Ti

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Stephanie McNeal at stephanie.mcneal@buzzfeed.com.

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