Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump struck a rare self-deprecating tone on Thursday night as he heaped praise on his supporters in the military.
From The Hill
Addressing thousands of fans at a rally in Selma, N.C., Trump began by naming Medal of Honor recipients in attendance. He began listing them when he paused and compared them to himself.“Oh, they’re so much more brave than me,” Trump said. “I wouldn’t have done what they did.”He quickly added, “I’m brave in other ways. I’m brave, I’m financially brave. Big deal, right? These are real brave.”Trump, who has never served in the military, has sought to bind himself as tightly as possible to active duty soldiers and veterans since launching his campaign last year.With five days to go until the election, Trump is locked in a tight race against Hillary Clinton in North Carolina. And from his speech Thursday night, it appears the businessman thinks the state’s military community can tip him over.“It’s a state,” Trump said, “that’s produced many of the finest and bravest soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines, ever to wear the uniform.“Known for it,” he added. “I stand here tonight among true heroes. I’m also honored to be among so many military families…who shoulder the burdens of war. Brave people.”Trump couldn’t help but compare himself, again, with his military supporters assembled on the stage behind him.“Tough cookies,” he said. “I’m not going to be playing with them, I’m telling you.”