What sacrifices have you made for your country?
When you’re running a nationalist campaign, this question is fair game. And Trump is almost certainly running a nationalist campaign, so asking him this question is perfectly legitimate.
But like all things related to the Muscovian Candidate, what starts as a legitimate question ends with a stomach-turning answer that serves to highlight, in equal measure, how clueless and bigoted he is.
“I think I’ve done a lot”
Trump gave his first interview since Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton gave her acceptance speech on Thursday, and he took umbrage at the remarks made by one of the DNC speakers. Because this is Trump, and taking umbrage is what thin-skinned bullies like him do.
While sitting across from ABC host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Trump claimed that Khizr Khan, father of fallen Muslim U.S. Army captain Humayun Khan, was wrong when Khan claimed that Trump has “sacrificed nothing” for the country.
The Teflon Don then went on to suggest that Khan’s wife was forbidden to speak because the family was Muslim.
“I saw him, I saw him,” Trump said when asked about Khizr. “He was, you know, very emotional.”
Trump then took a shot at his wife, “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”
It can be hard to disentangle religion from culture, but the idea that women shouldn’t speak is not unique to Islam. The Bible takes the same stance, as do some American Christians. Quite a few evangelical protestants don’t value women’s input any more than Islamic extremists do. I’m sure this notion women don’t have valuable input is the same in any male-dominated community, actually, whether it’s Islam, Christianity, video games, or atheism.
Trump is backhanding the people that he tried to win by bringing Mike “Theocrat” Pence aboard. Not that any of them are smart enough to realize it, Trump included.
It’s no mistake that Trump asks Stephanopoulos to tell him — he has enough problems with women as it is.
When pressed on the sacrifices he’s made for his country, though, Trump’s response got skeevy:
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 had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.
The very idea that making money is a sacrifice illustrates just how privileged and insulated Trump actually is. Even the fascists that Trump is trying so hard to emulate — Mussolini, Hitler, and Franco — risked their lives by fighting in actual wars: for Mussolini and Hitler, it was World War I; for Francisco Franco, it was the Spanish Civil War.
Franco may well have lost a testicle fighting at El Buitz. That’s a sacrifice Trump will never understand — that thin-skinned pig never had balls to begin with. And when Franco is something you have to live up to rather than something you stare down in disgust at, it’s time to think of a new career.
Furthermore, most of those jobs were for people with worker’s visas from other countries, and his claims of “millions” of dollars contributed to veterans don’t hold water. Veterans groups have said, “His mouth writes checks no one can cash.”
And nobody should be surprised this is the case. Empty promises, that’s all he ever was and all he ever will be.
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