At a rally in North Carolina on Thursday, Donald Trump reiterated his belief that his business record is comparable to serving in the military.
In a moment when he apparently veered off the teleprompter, the Republican nominee pointed out that, like the admirals and generals seated behind him, he too has been “brave.”
Trump talking about veterans on stage with him says that he is brave in other ways, “financially brave.”
— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) November 4, 2016
Once again, Trump seems to be incapable of praising anyone without quickly drawing attention back to himself. After all, there is no moment too inappropriate for this man to talk about his supposed greatness – even in the case of those who have served their country in ways that Trump will never comprehend.
Of course, this isn’t the first time the Republican nominee has drawn a comparison between himself and those who choose to actually serve their country.
Over the summer, when he was feuding with the patriotic parents of fallen Army Capt. Humayun Khan, Trump claimed that he has made “a lot of sacrifices,” citing his business acumen.
In August, when an Iraq war veteran gifted Trump a Purple Heart he bravely earned, the draft-dodging Republican nominee said, “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.”
It seems that the Republican nominee for president – a guy who calls himself a champion of the people – is only truly good at championing one person: himself. Everybody else – veterans and members of the military included – comes second.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.