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.
Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines
Inching across a field littered with Vietnam war-era bombs, Ngoc leads an all-women demining team clearing unexploded ordnance that has killed tens of thousands of people -- including her uncle.
"He died in an explosion. I was haunted by memories of him," Le Thi Bich Ngoc tells AFP as she oversees the controlled detonation of a cluster bomb found in a sealed-off site in central Quang Tri province.
More than 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam remain blanketed by unexploded munitions -- mainly dropped by US bombers -- decades after the war ended in 1975.
At least 40,000 Vietnamese have since died in related accidents. Victims are often farmers who accidentally trigger explosions, people salvaging scrap metal, or children who mistake bomblets for toys.
Chief Justice John Roberts issues New Year’s Eve warning to stand up for democracy
"In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public's need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital," he wrote. "We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary, a key source of national unity and stability."
Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why
According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.
As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."