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Donald Trump compares himself to Medal of Honor recipients by saying he's 'financially brave'

Donald Trump admitted he might not be as brave as war heroes who have won the Medal of Honor — but he insists he's still "brave in other ways." "I'm brave — I'm financially brave. Big deal, right? These are real brave," he said during a rally Thursday night in North Carolina, gesturing to the Medal of Honor recipients sitting behind him onstage. Trump said he "wouldn't have done what they did."

This wasn't the first time Trump has compared his bravery and selflessness to that of war heroes. After Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim-American soldier who died in Iraq, said during a speech at the Democratic National Convention that Trump has "sacrificed nothing" for his country, Trump fired back by saying he'd "made a lot of sacrifices."

"I work very, very hard. I've created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I've done, I've had tremendous success," Trump said in response to Khan. Later, at a rally in August, Trump marveled after a man presented him with a copy of his Purple Heart. "I always wanted to get the Purple Heart," he said. "This was much easier."

Watch Trump describe the "other ways" he's brave below. Becca Stanek