I too often forget the super rich are different from you and I. They’re assholes. Narcissistic, self-absorbed, and out-of-touch with Middle Class America. They were raised on third base and think they hit a triple. When another batter drives them home, they think they single-handedly won the game. They want someone else to bake the celebration cake. They want to eat it all by themselves. Donald Trump, i.e. “The Donald,” as he likes to call himself, fits this to a tea.
As a blogger, I get to things too late. I had planned to write a post about how the media was dismissing Trump as a candidate. One pundit on TV said despite the polls, they shouldn’t cover Trump as a serious candidate. As if the media should decide who is elected, over the voters.
A week later, Donald opens his mouth again and I have no desire to defend him in anything ever again. Donald Trump is an embarrassment to America. He’s an embarrassment to himself. He should shut the f*** up and go home.
Talking about John McCain, Trump said, “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured? I like people who weren’t captured.”
In better company, The Donald would have been b**** slapped. Days later, The Donald still didn’t get why the media was hounding him about his comment. He complained, “People are constantly attacking my hair,” he said. “I don’t see you coming to my defense.”
A comment from a poster sums it up: “You can’t call a war vet anything but a hero, at any time, at any place, in any way in my book. Sorry, but I’m choosing my war hero over you. Ciao, baby, you’re fired.”
Trumps comment shows he’s out-of-touch. He lives in a protected and pampered world of privilege. He probably doesn’t know anybody who serves in the military or is in harm’s way. If he did he would never utter such a disrespectful comment. Not just disrespectful of John McCain, but of all military service members. Most especially of those who sacrificed their lives for this country.
Donald’s implication is McCain didn’t do enough to be called “a hero.” McCain shouldn’t have got shot down. He should have been better at evasion and escape. He somehow didn’t do “enough.”
McCain was shot down over Vietnam, was badly injured on the crash, and was held and tortured for 5 years as a POW. He still can’t raise his arm today because of his injuries. McCain was awarded a Purple Heart, among his other medals.
“I like people who weren’t captured” is like saying, “I like people who didn’t get shot.”
Trump doesn’t like losers, he likes winners. Soldiers who get shot are losers according to Trump’s way of looking at the world. They didn’t do enough. A battlefield isn’t reality TV. It’s not scripted. Despite the motto, “Failure is not an option,” death is always an possibility.
If a young person joins the military and serves to the best of his ability in combat, he’s a hero. Doesn’t matter if the first thing that happens in battle is that he’s shot in the head and killed. He risked and sacrificed his entire life for America. He deserves the highest level of respect we can possibly give him.
In Donald’s blurred vision of reality, the soldier should have gotten out of the bullet’s trajectory. People choose to be rich. People choose to be poor. People choose not to dodge bullets at 2700 feet per second.
It’s true there are soldiers who exhibit exceptional courage in the face of fire. They put their lives on the line for their fellow soldiers, taking risks that would make most of us pee our pants or freeze in our boots. They run into heavy gunfire to help a shot up comrade. They have exhibited heroic bravery, perhaps to Trump’s standard.
Here’s the thing. If you told one of these guys the kid who got shot in the head wasn’t a hero because the kid didn’t do enough to earn being called a hero, he’d give you an ear full, if not punch you in the nose. That’s why I know The Donald doesn’t hang with these guys.
That kid who got shot in the head could have been right next to this guy. He could have been the guy’s best friend, or the guy himself. That “legitimate” hero in Trump’s view is more likely to appreciate the sacrifices of other soldiers more than anyone.
Trump is the worst of America, self-absorbed privilege existing only on the sacrifices of others, who doesn’t acknowledge the debt he owes to others. He’s a legend in his own mind, a self-made man. The best. Mr. Important. Real heroes only challenge his grandiose self image. There’s no role for them in The Apprentice.
Where was “The Donald” during Vietnam? He was of draft age, but had four deferments. He didn’t serve. After that, he received a medical deferment, because of bone spurs in his feet.
The Donald said his bone spurs were only temporary. Maybe they were from all the tennis and squash Donald played in college while McCain was being tortured. John McCain is a hero. Donald Trump is a rich prick.