Controversies, sleights and insults dominate the day in presidential politics, as candidates and their supporters trade barbs.
But it was a few unscripted remarks about the prestigious Purple Heart that also made headlines today.
A military veteran supporting Donald Trump gifted the Republican nominee his Purple Heart Tuesday, prompting Trump to say he “always wanted to get the Purple Heart” and this was “much easier” than serving in combat.
Purple Hearts are awarded to service members who suffer wounds in combat.
“Something very nice just happened to me. A man came up to me and handed me his Purple Heart,” Trump told supporters at a campaign event here. “I said to him, ‘Is that like the real one or is that a copy?’ And he said, ‘That’s my real Purple Heart. I have such confidence in you.'”
Trump received the veteran on stage at the start of the rally to receive the decoration.
“I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier,” Trump said.
U.S Representative and candidate for senate Tammy Duckworth, a recipient of the Purple Heart, spoke about to Trump’s comments.
She said she was shocked he took it in the first place and couldn’t believe his comments after.
She then to WGN News, “(When) you're awarded it and you wear it with pride. To have someone who wants to be Commander in Chief treat it so cavalierly is really disgusting.”
Representatives from Republican Senator Mark Kirk sent a response to WGN News saying:
Given Senator Kirk's military experience, he said he could not support Donald Trump for president because he does not have the proper temperament or judgment to be the commander-in-chief. Nothing Mr. Trump has done over the last few months, weeks or days has demonstrated a strong counter to that argument.
This follows a feud between Trump and a Gold Star family of Muslim faith who spoke at the Democratic National Convention.
Duckworth said, “This fits a pattern Donald Trump does not have respect for the military. He equated his time serving in a prep school as being the same as serving in the military. He's completely clueless. … And I say he is not fit to be Commander and Chief.”