The obituary for a Vietnam War veteran targeted alleged comments made by President Donald Trump about military members.
Mark Schroeder, a 70-year-old New York man who died Sept. 10, served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971, his obituary states.
The obituary mentioned several titles Schroeder had, including “father,” “hero” and “teacher.” It then took aim at the president.
“One thing he was not, Mr. Trump, was a sucker or a loser! He was a proud veteran till the day he died,” the obituary on the Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home website states.
As originally reported by The Atlantic, Trump said after canceling a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France in 2018, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” He also reportedly referred to the 1,800 Marines who died in Bellau Wood as “suckers”, the publication reported.
The quotes disparaging war veterans were confirmed by a Fox News reporter.
Trump has repeatedly denied he made the remarks. In a town hall event Tuesday, he said “it was a fake statement. I never made those statements,” CNN reported.
The alleged comments have been used against him in an ad by the Lincoln Project, a conservative anti-Trump group.
Calling him a “sucker who got played,” the ad goes on to say, “On November 3rd, he’ll be the biggest loser, sucker in American history.”
People who did not know Schroeder commented on the obituary thanking him for his service.
“I did not know Mark. I do know many veterans who have served our country,” Saeed Payvar began. “I find them to be amazing people, not losers, not suckers, just amazing people. I am thankful to Mark for his service.”
“Rest In Peace, Mark. I did not know you, but I assure you and your family and friends that you were not a sucker or a loser for serving our country. Thank you,” another person commented.