Donald Trump has seemingly been embroiled in a whirlwind of controversy on military matters since Khizr Khan, the father of a slain Army veteran, called him out at the Democratic National Convention.
(The media silence about Pat Smith calling out Mrs. Clinton over those killed in the Benghazi terrorist attack, on the hand, has been deafening.)
Add a fresh controversy (or non-troversy, depending on one’s point-of-view) about a recent comment Trump made regarding his receipt of a Purple Heart from a grateful fan.
While at an event in Ashburn, Virginia, Trump gave his account of a touching moment he shared with a military veteran.
“He said, ‘That’s my real Purple Heart. I have such confidence in you.’ And I said, ‘Man, that’s, like, that’s, like, big stuff.’ I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier,” Trump said.
The authentic sentiment that Trump related was immediately overwhelmed by media blowback over his debatable phrasing. The context of Trump’s remarks–a New York Times piece over his four college deferments and one for his bad feet–as well as the imbroglio with Khizr Khan had created a hubbub looking for a fresh controversy.
Seizing the opportunity to blast Trump was Democratic Representative Tammy Duckworth, an Army veteran whose wounds in the Iraq War led to the double amputation of her legs.
— Tammy Duckworth (@TammyforIL) August 2, 2016
Rep. Duckworth’s post reads:
.@realdonaldtrump, this is how one usually looks when you are awarded the Purple Heart. Nothing easy about it.
In the struggle over the veterans’ vote, the Democratic Party has Donald Trump fixed in its crosshairs.
Regardless of what one thinks about Donald Trump, it is interesting to see Democrats excoriate the Republican presidential candidate over his lack of military service, when the “sacrifice” of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in a time of war is seriously lacking.
Source: independent journal
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