And not satisfied that he hadn't added enough heartache to his target's suffering, Trump threw his patented bile on the deceased soldier's obviously grieving Gold Star mother by snidely misinterpreting her silence on the DNC convention stage as some sort of personal, family or religious shortcoming.
Leading Ghazala Khan, the soldier's mother, to explain in a Washington Post op-ed her grief-stricken comportment to Trump - - the kind of public explanation which no parent mourning the death of a child should ever have to write, and no politician - - no human being anywhere - - would ever want to have aimed his or her way.
Especially when auditioning for the highest office and the respect from others that would attach to winning it.
Here is my answer to Donald Trump. Because without saying a thing, all America felt my pain.All America, that is, except Donald Trump.
She also wrote:
Whoever saw me felt me in their heart.All, that is, except the heartless Donald Trump.
Because to Trump, the world and everyone and everything in it is but a mirror in his hand in which he only sees himself - - a behavior which snuffs out insight or outgoing compassion.
And what of Wisconsin's cowardly band of Trump partisans - - Paul Ryan, who said he had found enough shared principals to justify his Trump endorsement, or Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who spoke at the Republican Convention and gave Trump a full-throated endorsement, and RNC chairman Reince Priebus, who smoothed the way for Trump's nomination.
All these GOP leaders active or passive support have put Trump in the position, as nominee, to attack the Khan family. They think he is White House-worthy.
What kind of a thin-skinned and insecure presidential candidate feels obliged to whine and go toe-to-toe with a righteously aggrieved citizen? What will that nominee do, if President and Commander-in-Chief, when a warlord or dictator says a lot worse about him?
In which category of shared GOP principal or value do we place this latest display of defective Donald Trump behavior?