What Has Donald Trump Sacrificed? Twitter Answers
On Saturday morning, ABC News' George Stephanopoulos asked Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump a simple question: what have you sacrificed? It was in response to Thursday's DNC appearance by Khzir Khan, the father of slain Muslim-American soldier Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004. Trump replied that he's sacrificed a lot ― and that remark was the spark that lit the fire of the "Trump Sacrifices" hashtag on Twitter, with social media savagely mocking the real estate mogul and his, shall we say, inflated sense of things.
Make no mistake: the full context of what Trump said about his own sacrifice, and more specifically about Khzir's impassioned speech and his wife Ghalaza, amount to perhaps the most egregiously offensive transgressions Trump's committed throughout this campaign season, and that's really saying something. Obviously, it's hard to rank them all, and that's not really the point, but it can't be overstated just how gross this is, and how widespread the outcry has been, across both liberal and conservative lines.
If there's one reliable way to let off some steam in a situation like this, however, it's humor. Which is probably why #TrumpSacrifices started trending on Twitter ― that, and the fact that a regular user like Trump must have seen this by now, right? And what's better than imagining him hunched over his phone, sweaty-palmed, wondering how to respond?
Here's what Trump actually said, when Stephanopoulos asked him about how he'd sacrificed:
I think I've made a lot of sacrifices. I've worked very very hard, I've created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs. ... Oh sure, those are sacrifices. When I employ thousands and thousands of people, take care of their education, take care of so many things, even in military. I mean, I was responsible along with a group of people for getting the Vietnam memorial built, in downtown Manhattan, which to this day people thank me for.
You might notice that none of that sounded precisely like sacrifice, and certainly not on the level of, you know, someone who was killed in a war. Also, for the record, there are already some questions being asked about the extent of Trump's involvement with the New York Vietnam Memorial. While he was most definitely a co-chairman of the New York Vietnam Memorial Commission, according to the Washington Post's Lois Romano back in 1984, two other members anonymously alleged that he wasn't around that often, only attending a few, at most, of the commission's 20 meetings, once with a reporter who was writing a profile on him.