Over the past week, Donald Trump sunk to a new low after he mocked Khizr and Ghazala Khan, parents of an American-Muslim army captain, Hamayun Khan, who laid down his life defending the United States during the Iraq War.
As if dishonoring the grieving family of a slain American war hero wasn’t offensive enough, the boorish Republican presidential candidate doubled-down on his crudeness when he claimed he had made a “lot of sacrifices.”
"I think I've made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard,” Trump stated in an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos.
It was a pathetic statement — a shameless attempt by the foul-mouthed candidate to defend his insulting remarks by comparing himself with a fallen soldier as well as his bereaved parents.
But, surprisingly, something good has come out of this outrageous claim.
After Trump touted his personal “sacrifices,” The New York Times took the opportunity to review the former TV reality star’s draft deferments.
Turns out, Trump refused to fight for his country by giving a bunch of excuses, including one involving “bad feet,” despite being a strong 6 feet, 2 inch tall athlete.
The findings may be predictable but serve as additional evidence how Trump should be the last person to talk about sacrifice on the battlefield.
Trump received five different deferments during the Vietnam War. Four of them were education-related. One, particularly interesting, was due to this medical reason:
“…he received a diagnosis that would change his path: bone spurs in his heels,” the Times reports. “The diagnosis resulted in a coveted 1-Y medical deferment that fall, exempting him from service in Vietnam when the United States was undertaking huge troop deployments to Southeast Asia, inducting about 300,000 men into the military that year.”
This particular deferment was also highlighted last July during a campaign stop in Iowa. At the time, true to form, Trump avoided giving any sort of details of explanations. In fact, he couldn’t even recall which foot had the alleged bone spur.
“You’ll have to look it up,” Trump told reporters then.
Over the course of his year-long presidential campaign, Trump has conspicuously steered clear of talking about his deferments. (Though, he briefly mentioned in December he felt “a little bit guilty” for not having served in Vietnam.)
But it’s appalling how he has had the audacity to criticize those who offered their services to defend their country.
Long before attacking Hamayun Khan’s family, Trump questioned John McCain’s status as a war hero. “He’s not a war hero,” the Republican presidential nominee claimed in July. “He’s a war hero because he was captured? I like people who weren’t captured.”
Trump’s remarks about McCain, understandably, set off a scorching round of criticism but he refused to offer any kind of apology to the Arizona senator.
He infamously discussed the Vietnam War during a 1997 radio interview with Howard Stern in which he claimed that having sexual intercourse during the '80s was his “personal Vietnam.”
“I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world,” Trump told Stern while discussing avoiding STDs. “It is a dangerous world out there. It’s scary, like Vietnam. Sort of like the Vietnam era. It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier.”
So, just to make sure we're all on the same page: Trump is person who compared defending his country on the battlefield to sleeping around, tried to belittle one of the United States’ most beloved war veterans, mocked the family of a fallen war hero and refused to serve his country when it was most needed.
Is someone like him really worthy of holding an opinion regarding war heroes, let alone being the next president of the United States?