The Donald Trump circus plays on. Notes today include the ad above, which was aired today on Fox News by principled Republicans. Here’s hoping Trump is back in reach of a Fox signal during his favorite morning shows to see it.

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Amid the D-Day coverage, a remarkable interview of Trump by Piers Morgan isn’t getting the attention it deserves. Trump is nothing if not self-absorbed and tone-deaf, but his explanation of his avoidance of service in Vietnam seemed particularly striking as the world honored the brave Normandy invaders.

Trump didn’t much support the war in Vietnam? An explanation of his absence? Tens of thousands of others who were shipped there undoubtedly shared that sentiment. But they served. He’s making up for it now with defense spending, he said.

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From the Post coverage:

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“I was never a fan of that war, I’ll be honest with you,” he told Morgan. “I thought it was a terrible war; I thought it was very far away. You’re talking about Vietnam at that time — nobody ever heard of the country.” Trump has long said he was against the war, but did not take part in any of the antiwar protests that were regular events on the University of Pennsylvania campus when he was a student.

 

“The bell rang and Donald Trump was hiding,” said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University who has written often on Vietnam. “Many people are proud that they didn’t serve, saying it was an immoral war. But it’s embarrassing that President Trump is in Great Britain honoring the 75th anniversary of D-Day and pretending to be a wannabe service member in Vietnam. If he wanted to, he could have easily served like John [F.] Kerry or John McCain,” the former Democratic senator from Massachusetts and Republican senator from Arizona, respectively, whose Vietnam experiences defined their later political careers.

 

McCain, who spent five years in captivity by the North Vietnamese after his plane was shot down, said in 2017 that the inequities of the war had always gnawed at him. “I will never countenance . . . that we drafted the lowest-income level of America and the highest-income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur. That is wrong.”

AND THIS JUST IN FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reportedly told colleagues impeachment is too good for Trump. She wants to see him in prison.