A retired Army colonel gave a copy of his Purple Heart to Donald Trump, telling the Republican that he has "such confidence" in him as a presidential candidate.
Lt. Col. Louis Dorfman extended the gift to Trump on Aug. 2 during a rally in Ashburn, Virginia. Dorfman joined the candidate on stage, where the two men posed for photographs. Dorfman was injured on Nov. 22, 2007, while he was deployed to Iraq, according to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Dorfman's injuries were caused by mortar rounds.
“I said to him, 'Is that like the real one, or is that a copy?” Trump said, according to Politico.
"That's my real Purple Heart," Dorfman responded. "I have such confidence in you."
"And I said, 'Man, that’s like big stuff. I always wanted to get the Purple Heart," Trump said. "This was much easier.”
During the rally, which was held at a local high school in Ashburn, the New York businessman invited Dorfman to speak, but Dorfman declined.
"No, sir," Dorfman said. "I’d just like you to keep saying what you’ve been saying.”
Dorfman told the candidate he wanted to give him the Purple Heart to remind him that "more than one vet" died for the U.S., in reference to the ongoing controversy and war of words between Trump and the Gold Star parents of a deceased U.S. Army captain, according to NBC reporter Katy Tur, who covered the campaign event.
Although the Purple Heart displayed on stage might have been the real one, Tur said she spoke to Dorfman, who confirmed the one he gave Trump was a copy.
"The man who gave Trump his purple heart told me earlier today, it was a copy of his purple heart," Tur tweeted.