Reality Check: Trump’s Claim of ‘Sacrifices’ Compared to Military Families Indefensible

Donald Trump’s war of words with the Muslim father of a military veteran has taken on a life of its own. Now, a letter signed by dozens of Gold Star families says that Trump’s comments have attacked all of them.

So what about Trump’s comments that he too has sacrificed? Let’s give it a Reality Check.

At the Democratic National Convention, the father of a U.S. army captain had strong words for Donald Trump. Khizr Khan, the father of a U.S. army captain killed in Iraq, went after Donald Trump.

The Khans’ son, Humayun Khan, a U.S. Army captain, was killed by a car bomb in 2004 while guarding the gates of his base in Iraq, saving the lives of his fellow soldiers and civilians. He was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

And at the DNC, Khizr Khan wanted to know what Trump has sacrificed.

Trump, in what has become his trademark, doubled down on his comments and then claimed that Khan’s wife was not allowed to speak because she is Muslim.

Now, dozens of Gold Star families have sent a letter to Trump saying this: “When you question a mother’s pain, by implying that her religion, not her grief, kept her from addressing an arena of people, you are attacking us.”

But those families say they also felt attacked when Trump doubled down with those comments claiming that “building buildings” is a similar sacrifice to families who have lost their loved ones in war.

“When you say your job building buildings is akin to our sacrifice, you are attacking our sacrifice.”

So what you need to know is that yes, Hillary Clinton voted for the Iraq war. Yes, she has been blasted by Benghazi families and the media hasn’t talked much about that.

But Clinton issues aside, Trump has a real issue here, and this isn’t even an issue of whether you are for war or against it. Either way, the loss of life by soldiers and the pain carried by their families is very real. To lose a child, a husband, a wife, a father or a mother to war is a sacrifice that can only be understood by those who have experienced it.

To compare that pain to building buildings, which have made you a billionaire, isn’t a position that anyone can defend, period.

But deeper than that, it raises questions about whether Trump is so stubborn that he will not back down, even when it is abundantly clear to everyone, including himself, that he is clearly wrong.

And that is very troubling for anyone who wishes to be commander in chief.

That’s Reality Check. Let’s talk about it on Twitter.