Trump Should Not Have Accepted Purple Heart from Vet

Trump needed to give the Purple Heart back and moved on

Northern Virginia – At Tuesday’s campaign event in Virginia, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump again spoke out about veterans. He told the story of his exchange with a Purple Heart recipient, and then he invited that Purple Heart recipient up onto the stage with him. His comments, though, showed that his understanding of the Purple Heart was about as good as his understanding of international affairs.

Trump told the story of a combat veteran who gifted the candidate his Purple Heart, saying, “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.” Understandably, he has since received yet another round of backlash, particularly from veterans and Purple Heart recipients who clearly don’t support Trump for president.

As many other Purple Heart recipients have pointed out, the medal — while an honor — is not something that anyone “wants.” It’s awarded to veterans who have been wounded or killed while serving. It’s also not something to joke about.

Who would have thought that the Democrats would now be the party of the military?

Trump does have some appeal to veterans but he is finding more and more push back on a weekly basis because of picking fights with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and going after Gold Star Families is not a winning plan. In both the 2014 mid-term elections and the 2012 presidential election, veterans preferred Republican candidates by a 20-point margin, according to The Washington Post. Yet Tuesday marks just another time in less than a week that Trump has received harsh criticism from veterans and their loved ones. Maybe now is a good time for Trump to start going after Hillary Clinton and the true issues that concern the country, not accepting a Purple Heart.

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