Donald Trump’s first interview to two European publications as president-elect was a diplomatic disaster. He called NATO “obsolete,” slammed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, cut Russian Vladimir Putin some slack and, as if all of this wasn’t enough, suggested he trusts both Merkel and Putin equally.
Quite obviously, America’s U.S. allies are not happy.
However, there was one other thing Trump said in the interview that was as bizarre as the rest of his answers.
When The Times of London asked the president-elect if he has any heroes, he gave a reply that was just what you would expect from someone as self-indulgent and self-centered as he is.
“Well, I don't like heroes,” Trump stated “I don't like the concept of heroes, the concept of heroes is never great, but certainly you can respect certain people and certainly there are certain people — but I've learnt a lot from my father.”
It’s understandable, coming from Trump, who has disrespected war heroes and their families.
Here’s his complete answer:
If you’re having a hard time trying to understand what Trump exactly meant by his reply, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has got you covered.
She tweeted a TL;DR version of Trump’s reply:
"Heroes? Me, because I am innately awesome and you can't learn this, but a bit my dad, who must've been kinda ok, cos he made me." https://t.co/WYJQ8chAxd— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 17, 2017
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