A string of barbed tweets blasting claims by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that he has made sacrifices similar to a fallen US Muslim war hero has gone viral.
In an interview Trump dismissed the 2004 death in the Iraq war of US Army Captain Humayun Khan, son of Khizr Khan, who spoke movingly of his son's sacrifice at the Democratic National Convention. Khan concluded that his son was the "best of America," and that Trump had "sacrificed nothing and no one."
"I think I've made a lot of sacrifices," insisted Trump, the son of a wealthy New York real estate developer. "I work very, very hard. I've created thousands and thousands of jobs." Perplexed ABC interviewer George Stephanopoulos asked: "Those are sacrifices?" (Trump also said Khan's wife stood by at the Democratic National Convention with nothing to say ... "maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say.")
Trump's description of what he has given up triggered a responding opinion piece in the Washington Post from Captain Khan's mother, Ghazala, that the candidate "has no idea what the word sacrifice means."
The Twitterverse agreed, spilling out a cascade of sharply sarcastic ideas of what Trump might consider a sacrifice on #TrumpSacrifices — each one more hilarious than the last. Tweeters noted that some of those hard times Trump has experienced might include "having only one can of hair spray for a weekend at Mar-a-Lago," or that he once "played on a municipal golf course" instead of at a private club.