Donald Trump has insulted veterans by comparing his business success to those who have sacrificed their lives in battle for their country.
Trump responded Army father Khizr Khan, who lost his son in combat, saying that he had sacrificed nothing for his country by equating his making money to deaths of fallen soldiers.
In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Trump said, “Who wrote that? Did Hillary’s script writers write it? I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard….I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”
Trump claimed that he helped get the Vietnam War Memorial built and that he has raised millions of dollars for vets.
None of the things that Trump mentioned were sacrifices. Giving veterans’ groups money that he had promised only after the media pressured him into coughing up the dough is not sacrifice. Making money in business is the opposite of sacrifice. It appears that Donald Trump has never sacrificed for anything in his entire life.
Being born rich and making more money as an adult is not sacrifice. Trump never served in the Vietnam war thanks to repeated deferments. Trump has never sacrificed for his country in the same way as those who have served their country.
For Trump to try to equate his life of luxury with those who have been wounded or died protecting our freedom is an insult to every single service person and their families.
Trump’s comments reflect the beliefs of his party. For years, Republicans have fought against expanding care and programs for veterans. The Republican Party no longer believes in taking action to live up to the nation’s promise to our vets.
Donald Trump is a disgrace, and his “sacrifice” is a joke compared to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country. w
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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