NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Outgoing New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is speaking out against Donald Trump, saying the thought of the Republican nominee possibly becoming president scares him.
Bratton told “CBS This Morning” that he agrees with President Barack Obama, who said Tuesday that Trump is “unfit” and “woefully unprepared” to serve in the White House.
“Trump scares me, scares the hell out of me,” Bratton said, adding that he finds Trump’s “lack of depth on issues” and shoot-from-the-hip style concerning. “I just don’t get it… I just watched this whole campaign and I just shake my head.”
Bratton also remarked on Trump receiving a Purple Heart from a veteran. Trump on Tuesday said the veteran gave him the medal, which is awarded to soldiers wounded in combat, before an event in Virginia. He then told the crowd at his rally that he has “always wanted to get the Purple Heart.”
“This was much easier,” said Trump, who has never served in the armed forces. “But I tell you, it was such an honor.”
Bratton said he found the incident appalling.
“I’m amazed that veterans groups are so charmed by him,” Bratton, a Vietnam veteran himself, said. “The demeaning, in some respects, of that most significant award, to be wounded in combat while protecting your country, and ‘I’ve always wanted one of these.’ No recognition of the significance of that medal or the meaning of it. There’s no sensitivity there.”
Bratton’s comments come after Trump’s criticism of an American Muslim family whose son, a captain in the U.S. Army, was killed in Iraq. He said Trump is a “tough guy” and lacks compassion.
“I wonder if he’s ever actually taken an actual punch in his life,” Bratton said. “It is easy to be tough, it’s a lot tougher being soft and understanding when you need to be… There is no compassion there. It’s all about him and never about anybody else.”