Purple Heart recipient Cameron Kerr, who is an Army veteran awarded his medal after losing his leg in Afghanistan, was sickened when Donald Trump told his supporters at a rally:
I’ve always wanted to get a Purple Heart. This was much easier.
So, Kerr decided he would help the orange real estate mogul actually earn his own. Well, in a funny (dark) internet joke, anyway. He started a GoFundMe page for the cause. He says on the page:
As with seemingly everything else in his life, Mr. Trump got one handed to him instead of earning it. That being said, as a Purple Heart recipient [proof] who earned one the old-fashioned way by returning from Afghanistan one leg lighter, I fully endorse his desire to earn one and would happily oblige his interest in doing so, by being one of the first to chip in to fly him to the conflict zone of his choosing. After all, you’re never too old to follow your dreams.
It’s important to note that during the Vietnam War Donald Trump received five draft deferments: four for college and one for heel spurs.
Huffington Post’s Jennifer Bendery wrote about Kerr’s initial intent:
He told The Huffington Post he never expected to raise any money, other than maybe $100 from sympathetic family and friends. Then again, he said he saw a lot of people around him ― including vets he knows who support Trump ― whose ‘minds were blown’ by the way the real estate mogul diminished the Purple Heart.
Well, Kerr’s GoFundMe has long surpassed the $100 expectation. As of this writing, he has raised over $17,000 and going strong. Of course, with such a satirical goal, Kerr had to seek out a noble cause that would benefit from people’s generosity.
To add insult to injury, Kerr decided the money raised will be distributed among three charities assisting Syrian refugees fleeing the war-torn territory – something Trump would “vehemently oppose.”
All money actually raised will be distributed to vetted groups working directly with Syrian refugees as well as refugees of similar conflict zones – the decent fellow humans who were unfortunate enough to be in one of these regions when everything around them collapsed, and whom Trump has broadly categorized as likely terrorists unworthy of resettlement.
Now THAT is the perfect response to Trump’s degeneracy.
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