Donald Trump told a group of Medal of Honor recipients sitting on stage behind him at a Thursday night rally that he was “brave in other ways” than they had been.
Acknowledging the war heroes sitting on stage behind him in Selma, North Carolina, Trump said “They’re so much more brave than me, I wouldn’t have done what they did.”
“I’m brave in other ways,” he continued. “I’m brave — I’m financially brave. Big deal, right? These are real brave.”
It’s not the first time Trump, who received several draft deferments in the ’60s as a college student and for bone spurs in his feet, has compared his own experiences to those of members of the military.
Appearing on the Howard Stern show in 1997, Trump said avoiding sexually transmitted diseases in the ‘80s was his “personal Vietnam.”
“I feel like a very brave soldier,” he continued.
And when a veteran gave Trump his Purple Heart medal before a rally in August, Trump showed it to the crowd and said “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.”
— ABC News (@ABC) November 4, 2016