A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]
It’s game on. Self-professed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by drawing in conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! How wrong? Very, very wrong. I completely failed to take into account Donald Trump’s well-known support for our troops:
Donald J. Trump belittled the parents of a slain Muslim soldier who had strongly denounced Mr. Trump during the Democratic National Convention, saying that the soldier’s father had delivered the entire speech because his mother was not “allowed” to speak.
Mr. Trump’s comments, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News that will air on Sunday, drew quick and widespread condemnation and amplified calls for Republican leaders to distance themselves from their presidential nominee. With his implication that the soldier’s mother had not spoken because of female subservience expected in some traditional strains of Islam, his comments also inflamed his hostilities with American Muslims.
Khizr Khan, the soldier’s father, lashed out at Mr. Trump in an interview on Saturday, saying his wife had not spoken at the convention because it was too painful for her to talk about her son’s death.
If Mr. Trump’s experience is representative, it’s impossible to placate some people. But, thanks for trying.
Donald Trump’s support for our armed forces goes way back to the time of his own service. Although denied the opportunity to actually serve due to academic conflicts, Mr. Trump appreciates full well the hardships endured by the people defending our country. His experience as a captain in the cadet corps of rigorous military academy taught him what it’s like to serve on the front lines:
In Trump’s telling, he was elevated as a reward for stellar performance. “I had total control over the cadets,” he said in a recent interview. “That’s why I got a promotion — because I did so good.”
Former cadets recall the change differently. They say school administrators transferred Trump after a freshman named Lee Ains complained of being hazed by a sergeant under Trump’s command. School officials, those cadets say, were concerned that Trump’s style of delegating leadership responsibilities while spending a lot of time in his room, away from his team, allowed problems to fester.
“They felt he wasn’t paying attention to his other officers as closely as he should have,” said Ains, who lives in Connecticut and works in the aerospace industry.
As a result of his youthful experiences, the man selected by his party to be the next commander in chief of the armed services is constantly mindful of those who have made sacrifices even more dear than his own:
(CNN)Donald Trump expressed no remorse Wednesday for saying last summer that Sen. John McCain was “not a war hero,” despite being captured in Vietnam and tortured as a prisoner of war.The presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s comments came just days after McCain reiterated his call for Trump to take back his comments about other captured members of the military.
Mr. Trump, members of my family look forward to having you in charge of our nation’s armed services. I come from a military generation—I served, my brother served, my sister served, and you, Mr. Trump, stand out as a shining example to all who look forward to the prospect of serving under you.
Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.
Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.