I am grateful to Mr. Khan for asking the question that has become a wonderful reconciliation point for me.
A year into retirement, his question has struck an important nerve in me.
Has the sacrificial everyday work I have done for our country over these last decades been termed inconsequential? Has it been in vain?
Did I foolishly waste my time, energy, and money, as Mr. Trump is being derided for the sacrifices he now is making?
No. I reject the condemnation that Mr. Trump has never sacrificed for our country; in doing so, I affirm that my work, like his, has, indeed, been sacrificial.
In closing, I would like to suggest that in memory of our courageous soldiers and law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we resolve to use common sense in recognizing the real and legitimate enemies who seek to destroy our American way of life, whether those individuals are within or without our country.
Let us sacrifice the temptation to vilify each other who want to work for and to live the American dream in peace.
God bless our country.