While at a rally on Tuesday in Ashburn, Virginia, Trump said a veteran came up to him before his speech and presented him with his Purple Heart. The Purple Heart is a prestigious medal that is given to those wounded or killed in action and is probably the most well-known military distinction known by the American public.
Trump said Lieutenant Colonel Louis Dorfman approached him before the rally and handed him the Purple Heart for a vote of confidence. Trump said it was a great honor to receive the Purple Heart.
Dorfman received the Purple Heart after getting wounded while serving in Iraq in 2007.
Trump jokingly said, “I always wanted a Purple Heart. This was much easier.” Dorfman laughed at the joke.
Dorfman and Trump then stood up on stage to pose for photos with Trump and the two mixed short words.
Trump said he asked Dorfman if he would like to share a few words on stage.
“He goes, No sir, I’d like you to just keep saying what you’re saying.’ Amazing. It’s amazing. What an honor,” Trump said.
NBC reporter Katy Tur tweeted that the purple heart given to Trump was a copy even though Trump said during the rally that Dorfman told him it was his real Purple Heart. This has not been confirmed.
Trump’s comments comes amid a controversy between Trump and the parents of a Muslim-American soldier who was killed in Iraq in 2004.
Khizr Khan blasted Trump at the Democratic National Convention and follow-up interviews to which Trump responded.
Some people took to Twitter to bash Trump for accepting the Purple Heart and calling him a draft dodger.