Donald Trump got personal with New Hampshire voters Tuesday night, telling them of the guilt he sometimes feels for not serving in the Vietnam War and advising young people to stay away from drugs and alcohol.
“I always felt a little guilty, frankly, like other people who didn’t serve,” Trump said. “I had friends that served, and they’re very proud and some are no longer with us because of the fact that they served.”
Trump’s recent events have sometimes taken on a darker tone, with violent clashes between supporters and protesters and angry tirades against reporters in the room. But Tuesday evening’s event was more intimate, with frequent back-and-forths between Trump and audience members. He brought his usual bravado, but at times kept the audience near silence as he discussed where his patriotism comes from and what advice he’d give to young people seeking success.