Donald Trump was busy the last 48 hours. He refused to endorse Paul Ryan. He threw a baby out of his rally. He suggested Americans pull all of their money out of the stock market. He told victims of sexual harassment to basically put up with it or leave. He opined that he election is probably rigged. President Obama said that Trump is unfit to serve as President. This all happened in the last 48 hours.
Many of these gaffes would be enough to sink a Presidential candidate in a normal year, but of course this is not a normal year. Aside from the assertion that our political system is rigged, perhaps the most galling utterance from this broken shell of a candidate was when a supporter gave him a Purple Heart medal.
“Something very nice just happened to me,” Trump told supporters on Tuesday at Virginia rally. “A man came up to me, and he handed me his Purple Heart. Now I said to him, I said to him, ‘Is that like the real one, or is that a copy?’ And he said ‘That’s my real Purple Heart. I have such confidence in you.’ And I said ‘Man, that’s like big stuff.’ I always wanted to get the Purple Heart, this was much easier.”
That’s correct, Donald Trump just took a man’s Purple Heart, and then congratulated himself, saying that was “much easier” than being wounded in defense of your country. “Man, that is big stuff” indeed. Who would “always want” a Purple Heart? Who seeks to be wounded or killed in battle?
Most experts interviewed by the media say that a veteran can legally do anything they want with their medals (with the exception of selling a Medal of Honor), and they are often bequeathed or given to family members. However, they seem to unanimously agree that drawing attention on stage to such a heartfelt gift, then treating it like a piece of jewelry is in very bad taste.
Trump has consistently shown poor judgement in catering to our military veterans. He continues to attack the Gold Star Khan family, said ex-POW Sen. John McCain was “not a hero” for getting caught and only gave his promised $1 million donation to veteran’s charities when pressed by the media. He has said that he “knows more than the generals” and denies supporting the Iraq war, even though he did. This is a man who running to be Commander In Chief. It is hard to imagine a soldier going to war for a man that seems to care so little for his or her sacrifice.
Details about Trump’s draft deferment have come out as well, but WDTLAY will be covering that tomorrow.
The Internet responded with a GoFundMe campaign to send Donald Trump to a conflict zone, so he could “follow his dream” and earn a Purple Heart. Actually, the campaign is raising awareness of Trump’s Purple Heart story, and all of the money will go to help Syrian refugees. Go throw a few bucks at it.