Trump's the one who didn't know 'what he was signing up for'
Trump is a weak, narcissistic man in a job that requires strength and empathy. I'm not sure that empathy is a concept he even understands. He acts as if he believes that feeling someone else's pain is strictly for losers, not winners.
None of this is a surprise. We learned a lot about Trump during the campaign when he attacked the Khan family, who lost a son in Iraq, for having the temerity to attack him politically. We have a president who believes that making the ultimate sacrifice for the nation is less important than supporting or opposing Trump.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that earlier this year, Trump phoned the father of Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, who was killed June 10 in Afghanistan. In the course of the conversation, Trump offered to send the father a personal check for $25,000 -- but did not follow through. The check was finally sent this week only after the Post asked about it.
Sadly, that's typical Trump. He makes a grand promise, which allows him to feel big and generous -- which is the whole point. Even in interactions with Gold Star families, it's all about him. Later, having played the role of Trump the Munificent, he forgets about it and goes in search of the next opportunity to shore up his fragile ego.
No one should expect him to grow in office. He's 71. At that age, either you have compassion, self-knowledge and a conscience, or you don't.
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