A military veteran gave his Purple Heart to Republican nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday, prompting the Republican nominee to declare that this was "much easier" than serving in combat. - From Chicago Tribune
Trump, who is embroiled in a row over his criticism of the family of a slain soldier, said that a man approached him before his event in Ashburn, Virginia, and handed him his medal, which is awarded to soldiers wounded in combat.
He told the crowd at his rally that he has "always wanted to get the Purple Heart." "I said to him, 'Is that, like, the real one or is that a copy?'" Trump recounted.
John Bircher, the national spokesman for the Military Order of the Purple Hearts, told The Associated Press that anyone who receives the Purple Heart, a medal that honors servicemen and women injured or killed in battle, is technically entitled to give it away should they choose.
He challenged Republicans to withdraw their support for their party's nominee, declaring "There has to come a point at which you say 'enough.'" In a searing denouncement, President Barack Obama castigated Donald Trump as "unfit" and "woefully unprepared" to serve in the White House.
He challenged Republicans to withdraw their support for their party's nominee, declaring "There has to come a point at which you say 'enough.'" Trump, who has made helping veterans a centerpiece of his campaign, drew criticism for holding a fundraiser for veterans organizations but not distributing the money until news organizations asked questions.