At a rally in North Carolina on Thursday with Medal of Honor recipients seated behind him, Donald Trump declared “I’m financially brave.”
Trump seems incapable of paying anyone a compliment without complimenting himself. So, when it came down to acknowledging that veterans who served in the U.S. armed forces are brave, he also had to state something about his own courage.
The GOP presidential nominee was listing the Medal of Honor recipients at the rally, when he stopped and said, “Oh, they’re so much more brave than me. I wouldn’t have done what they did.” And he then took away that slight glimmer of humbleness to say “I’m brave in other ways. I’m brave — I’m financially brave.”
According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s website,
“The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.”
The statement brought back memories of his clash with the Khans, Gold Star parents who took the stage at the Democratic National Convention, with Mr. Khan famously offering his pocket Constitution to Trump after asking whether he has ever read the document. Khan also accused Trump of having “sacrificed nothing.”
The Republican nominee later attacked the family and in response to a question by George Stephanopoulos regarding the sacrifices he has made said:
“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 done, I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”
The businessman turned politician continues to make statements that tend to swallow his message.