Outgoing New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said Wednesday that the possibility of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump winning the general election “scares the hell out of me.”
Bratton, who on Tuesday announced that he will retire next month, weighed in on the presidential race in an appearance on “CBS This Morning.”
Bratton, who was appointed New York’s top cop by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, a supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, said he was alarmed by Trump’s “lack of depth on issues.”
“Trump scares me, scares the hell out of me,” Bratton said. “I just don’t get it . . . I just watched this whole campaign and I just shake my head.”
Bratton joined the growing list of public officials condemning Trump’s response to the Muslim-American parents of a fallen U.S. Army captain, after the couple spoke out against Trump at last week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
“It is easy to be tough, it’s a lot tougher being soft and understanding when you need to be,” Bratton said. “There is no compassion there. It’s all about him and never about anybody else.”
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks declined to respond to Bratton’s remarks.
Bratton also criticized Trump for accepting a Purple Heart from a veteran at a campaign rally in Virginia on Tuesday. Trump thanked the veteran, saying he “always wanted” the medal, which is awarded to soldiers wounded in combat. “This was much easier,” Trump said.
Bratton, a Vietnam War veteran, said he was “amazed that veterans groups are so charmed” by Trump.
Bratton called Trump’s acceptance of the medal, and his comments about the gift, “ . . . demeaning, in some respects, of that most significant award, to be wounded in combat while protecting your country . . . No recognition of the significance of that medal or the meaning of it. There’s no sensitivity there.”
In an interview Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Bratton questioned Trump’s description of himself as the law-and-order presidential candidate, saying, “I wonder if Mr. Trump’s ever taken a punch in his life.”
Bratton criticized Trump for saying crime is on the rise in big cities.
“He talks tough, but I think I know a little bit about law and order and policing,” Bratton said. “I would not trust that he’d be able to do much about that, being quite frank with you. Cities aren’t spiraling out of control.”
Bratton added: “I always wonder about tough guys. He talks tough, but I wonder if Mr. Trump’s ever taken a punch in his life.”