Donald Trump is no stranger to reality TV drama and he continues to stir up his fair share of controversy. In fact, since the Republican National Convention, Trump has raised more concerns about his ability to lead the country instead of setting straight those who question his intent. During the convention, Trump faced early challenges when on Day 1 of the convention his wife was accused of plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech from 2008.
The National Convention Controversies
During the Democratic National Convention, Trump couldn’t stand to sit idly by and watch his opponent make her case. In an unprecedented act, he encouraged one of America’s biggest threats, Russia, to take action and hack Hillary Clinton’s emails–a statement that in fact resulted in a subsequent act of espionage. While many shrugged off the comment to Russia when Trump looked into the cameras and said, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” this momentary lapse in judgment has had serious repercussions. Trump later backpedaled his comment, trying to convince the American people that he was simply trying to get Russia to turn over its information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Khan Family Disgrace
In more recent news, Donald Trump disregarded his party’s pleas to drop the topic of the slain military son of Khizr Kahn. Humayun Khan, was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004, and when his father addressed the Democratic Convention, he told the American people, “We are proud American citizens. It’s the values [of this country] that brought us here, not our religion. Trump’s position on these issues do not represent those values.” Trump fired back about his allegations of not having made any “sacrifices” saying, “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard.” In addition, Trump noted how Khan’s wife silently stood by her husband without speaking, implying it was due to their religion, sparking another outrage against Muslims.
Purple Heart No Honor
Following the theme of the military, Trump recently nonchalantly accepted a Purple Heart from Lt. Col. Louis Dorfman who told Trump, “That’s my real Purple Heart. I have such confidence in you.” Trump, who accepted the Purple Heart, only had this to say, “And I said, ‘Man, that’s like big stuff. I always wanted to get the Purple Heart,” Trump said. “This was much easier.”
Others don’t share the same view as Trump in his acceptance of the honorable award given to only a select few in the military. The Washington Post covered the legalities of Trump’s action and found that accepting the gift was in fact both legal and acceptable, but Americans are wondering if how he handled the gesture was appropriate. A fellow Purple Heart veteran, Rep.Tammy Duckworth, tweeted that there was “nothing easy about it,” as she posted a picture of herself laying in the hospital after losing both legs in Iraq.
Throughout Trump’s entire campaign he has continued to lash out, spout unimaginable comments, reach out to Russia for aid, condemn all who are Muslim, and so many other controversial acts that it is getting to be more of an ongoing joke than a testament to his ability to lead a country. Yet, somehow, Trump has continued to let these moments roll off his back without much impact to his campaign or to his loyal supporters, and at this point, winning the Republican Nomination.