Trump Brings Out Purple Heart and Check From Gold Star Family After Controversies

"It's one of the most beautiful things that I've ever received," Trump said.

He also showed the crowd in Jacksonville, Fla. a check he said he received from a Gold Star family, days after tangling with the parents of a fallen Muslim soldier, Capt. Humayun Khan.

"It's one of the most beautiful things that I've ever received," Trump said.

At yesterday's rally, following a New York Times report delving into his military deferments, Trump said that a man approached him and handed him his Purple Heart. "He said, 'That's my real Purple Heart. I have such confidence in you.' And I said, 'Man, that's, like, that's, like, big stuff.' I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier," Trump said.

At today's rally, he recounted the story again, but slammed reports that the Purple Heart was fake. "The media is saying it's a replica," Trump said, to a chorus of boos from the audience. "They cheapen things, and it’s so sad to see."

Trump did acknowledge ABC News' Tom Llamas for accurately reporting that the medal is indeed authentic.

Trump then said he had met with six Gold Star families prior to the rally, adding that a family member handed him a campaign donation. "He said 'this is for your campaign,'" Trump said. "I haven't even opened it yet. He said it's more money than we can afford but we want you to have it."

Trump took a handful of bills from an envelope, but he didn't reveal the amount of the donation.

"I just thought it was amazing," Trump said. "The love in that room for this country is amazing."

Top Stories

Top Stories

Top Stories

Top Stories

ABC News Live

ABC News Live

24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events