Retiring New York Police Department commissioner Bill Bratton voiced what we are all feeling on Wednesday when he said that Donald Trump doesn’t just worry him, he “scares the hell out of” him.
Mr. Trump scares me — scares the hell out of me, to be quite frank with you and personal opinion,” Bratton told CBS This Morning. “I just don’t get it in terms of the support for him.
Bratton, who is himself a veteran, said he is downright “amazed that veterans groups are so charmed by him” and said Trump’s recent Purple Heart episode was nothing short of “appalling.”
During a rally in Virginia on Tuesday, a Trump supporter gave the Purple Heart he had earned to the Republican nominee as a gift. Trump’s response outraged veterans.
“I said: ‘Man, that’s like big stuff. I always wanted to get the Purple Heart,’” Trump said. “This was much easier.”
Bratton was quick to condemn Trump for “demeaning” the medal and said the narcissistic draft dodger gave “no recognition of the significance of that medal or the meaning of it,” Bratton said. “There’s no sensitivity there.”
But Bratton said that what scares him the most about Trump is his “lack of depth” when it comes to policy issues and his “shoot from the hip” style. “I just watched this whole campaign and I just shake my head. Again, a personal opinion,” he said, pointing out that he’s been in public life for almost 50 years. “And I just — I don’t get it.”
Bratton agrees with President Obama’s assessment that Trump is absolutely “unfit” to serve as Commander-in-Chief. During a press conference on TUesday, Obama declared that Trump is “unfit to serve in any office” and “woefully unprepared” to be president of the United States.
“That’s my belief,” Bratton added. “That is my belief.”
He also called Trump out for claiming to be a “tough guy,” and questioned whether the Republican nominee had ever actually taken a punch – “an actual, physical punch,” he said.
I’m always amazed by people who are portrayed as tough guys or portray themselves as tough. It’s easy to be tough,” he said. “It really is easy to be tough. It’s a lot tougher being soft and understanding when you need to be soft, like the apology to this family. What would be the harm of rather than taking offense that they said something bad about you, to understand their pain? Isn’t that the issue? There’s no compassion there. It’s all about him and never about anybody else. You know, strange times.
A lot of us feel that way Mr. Bratton. You are certainly not alone on this one.
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