Donald Trump can’t win no matter what he does. This week, the Republican candidate for president accepted a gift from Veteran Lt. Col. Louis Dorfman at a rally. That gift was Dorfman’s Purple Heart, awarded following injuries sustained in the Vietnam War. As it happened, Trump did not serve in Vietnam having received multiple student deferments, and one medical deferment for a bone spur (ouch). Put that reality next to this statement with one poorly thought out sentence and a recipe for disaster writes itself:
“Something very nice just happened to me. A man came up to me and handed me his Purple Heart,” Trump told supporters at a campaign event here. “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.'”…“I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier,” Trump said.
Easier than being wounded in combat? Yes. And there are many Veterans, a class of people Donald Trump champions like no politician ever has, now calling for his much discussed scalp. There are many saying that one statement makes the man unfit to serve. If that was the case, the current Occupier of the Oval Office would still be playing basketball in the Senate gym.
What does the man who actually gave The Donald his much prized purple heart have to say about it.
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“It’s been taken out of context. They aren’t showing the before and after, just BOOP what he said.”
And isn’t that the way it has been for Trump this whole year. Forget the millions he personally gave to veterans’ groups that the groups themselves claim they received. No. One slip of the tongue COMPLEMENTING vets on what they go through to earn Purple Hearts and suddenly the man is unfit to serve.
Well, time for this writer to head back to the cave with the nephews. They’re more honest than the media.