In his first response to a searing charge from bereaved Army father Khizr Khan that heâ€™d â€œsacrificed nothingâ€ for his country, Donald Trump claimed that he had in fact sacrificed by employing â€œthousands and thousands of people.â€ He also suggested that Khanâ€™s wife didnâ€™t speak because she was forbidden to as a Muslim and questioned whether Khanâ€™s words were his own.
â€œWho wrote that? Did Hillary’s script writers write it?â€ Trump said in an interview with ABC Newsâ€™ George Stephanopoulos. â€œI think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard.â€
A politician with normal psychological wiring would have expressed his humble gratitude for Captain Humayun Khan’s service, expressed condolences for his family’s loss, and then launched into some boilerplate about what he would do for veterans. But Trump, the psychopathic narcissist, makes everything about himself.
Pressed by Stephanopoulos to name the sacrifices heâ€™d made for his country, Trump said: â€œI 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.â€
Trump also cited his work on behalf of veterans, including helping to build a Vietnam War memorial in Manhattan, and raising â€œmillions of dollarsâ€ for vets.
And just yesterday, he had wanted the sole meuniÃ¨re and had to settle for the herb-crusted salmon. Such a trial.
Update: Oh, and I wanted to add somethingÂ about the Houston Chronicle‘s endorsement of Hillary Clinton.
Any one of Trump’s less-than-sterling qualities – his erratic temperament, his dodgy business practices, his racism, his Putin-like strongman inclinations and faux-populist demagoguery, his contempt for the rule of law, his ignorance – is enough to be disqualifying. His convention-speech comment, “I alone can fix it,” should make every American shudder. He is, we believe, a danger to the Republic. …
… These are unsettling times, even if they’re not the dark, dystopian end times that Trump lays out. They require a steady hand. That’s not Donald Trump.
The times also require a person who envisions a hopeful future for this nation, a person who has faith in the strong, prosperous and confident America we hope to bequeath our children and grandchildren, as first lady Michelle Obama so eloquently envisioned in Philadelphia. That’s not Donald Trump’s America.
The endorsement is more hopeful than I am that Hillary Clinton really will follow through on the progressive planks of the Democratic platform, but at least I’m not concerned about her psychological wiring.