‘You dodged the draft’: Khizr Khan slams Trump for taking Purple Heart — then bragging about it
Gold Star military father Khizr Khan lit into Donald Trump again on Tuesday over the Republican presidential nominee’s actions at a campaign rally earlier in the day.
“I’m just so upset at this lack of empathy, lack of common sense,” Khan told CNN host Anderson Cooper. “He wants to be the commander-in-chief of this United States of America? That is the thoughtfulness?”
Khan, who was a featured speaker alongside his wife Ghazala at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), apologized at one point to Cooper for shouting in response to Trump accepting what he said was a Purple Heart medal from a veteran, Lt. Col. Louis Dorfman, while campaigning in Virginia.
“I said to him, ‘Is that a real one or is that a copy?’ And he said, ‘That’s my real purple heart, I have such confidence in you'” Trump said before bringing Dorfman on stage. “I said, ‘Man that’s like big stuff.’ I’ve always wanted to have a Purple Heart. This was much easier. But I tell you it was such an honor.”
According to the fact-checking site Snopes.com, NBC News’ Katy Tur said Dorfman told her he gave Trump a copy of the medal, rather than the real thing.
But real or not, Khan — who prompted a wave of criticism toward Trump when he told him, “You have sacrificed nothing” during his DNC speech — did not take kindly to the real estate mogul’s quip during the event, referencing Trump’s multiple medical deferments, which allowed him to avoid serving in the Vietnam War.
“You had your chance. You escaped. You dodged the draft,” Khan said. “And now you want an easy Purple Heart in your pocket? You should have pinned it back.”
Watch footage from the interview, as aired on CNN, below.