Donald Trump Just Crashed A Purple Heart Ceremony And Embarrassed Himself!
The White House’s propaganda machine at Fox News was back at it early this morning. A report appeared about how the President and First Lady braved the short ride over to Walter Reed Medical Center in suburban Maryland to meet Army Sgt. 1st Class Alvaro Barrientos and his wife and present the Purple Heart to him.
Sgt. Barrientos is recovering form the amputation of his right lower leg after suffering a combat injury in Afghanistan. When the President heard he was at Walter Reed and scheduled to receive the Purple Heart, he reportedly said “I wanted to do this myself.” The Fox News report ended there, but according to a pool reporter who witnessed the ceremony, there’s more to the story.
After the ceremony was performed, Trump reportedly told Sgt. Barrietos, “Congratulations. Tremendous.”
The Purple Heart is the oldest, continuously awarded honor in our military. The successor to the Badge of Military Merit created by George Washington, it was created to honor veterans injured in WWI, and it’s been awarded to men and women in uniform who have suffered serious injuries in battle since 1917.
It’s a recognition of sacrifice in service of our country, NOT a participation trophy or a winning hand at poker. “Congratulations” is about the most inappropriate thing anyone can say to someone who’s just received it. ‘Thank you’ would have sufficed. This isn’t the first time Trump has failed to grasp the solemnity and significance of the decoration. In August 2016, at a campaign rally, he told a story about how he received his Purple Heart from a retired military supporter.
“I said to him, ‘Is that like the real one, or is that a copy? And he said ‘no, that’s my real Purple Heart. I have such confidence in you.’ And I said, ‘Man, that’s like big stuff.’ I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier!”
Sgt. Alvaro Barrientos is a hero, and we cannot thank him enough for his sacrifice. It’s just too bad his Commander in Chief only thinks about the photo-op and doesn’t care to learn about the significance of this man’s service.