Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak to a campaign rally, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP)

WATCH: Donald Trump is "financially brave," he says in front of real-life brave people

Trump also said that the military would rather serve under him


Matthew Rozsa
November 4, 2016 10:30PM (UTC)

Donald Trump compared the bravery of American veterans with himself being “financially brave” during a rally in Selma, North Carolina on Thursday night.

“Oh, they're so much more brave than me," Trump said, interrupting himself as he was listing Medal of Honor recipients. "I wouldn't have done what they did. I'm brave in other ways. I'm brave, I'm financially brave. Big deal, right? These are real brave."

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After going on to praise North Carolina as a “state that's produced many of the finest and bravest soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines, ever to wear the uniform," Trump went on to talk about a “big, strong, powerful” military guy he had encountered backstage before his speech.

"You think I could take this guy in a fight? You think I could take him?" he recalled asking his team. "They all said no.”

This isn’t the first time Trump has erroneously compared his business career to the experiences of the American military. In July, after Muslim-American lawyer Khzir Khan attacked Trump during the Democratic National Convention for not making sacrifices, Trump said, “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard . . . I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”

The Republican nominee, who never served in the military, also once said that having sex in the 1980s was his "personal Vietnam." That didn't stop him from saying that the military liked him better than his opponent.

“To think of her being their boss, I don’t think so,” Trump said, arguing that active service members aren’t denouncing her out of protocol. “I know what they are thinking. It’s not for them.”

As of the last count in September, Clinton had received 110 official military endorsements while Trump had only 88.

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Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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