NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 8:51 AM
New York’s top cop hurled a verbal haymaker at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday, wondering if the tough-talking candidate has “ever taken a punch in his life.”
A day after announcing his resignation as head of the NYPD, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton took the gloves off on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Bratton said he’s not falling for the candidate’s tough-guy act when it comes to fighting crime.
“He talks tough but I think I know a little bit about law and order,” Bratton said. “I always wonder about tough guys … they talk tough, but I wonder if Mr. Trump has ever taken a punch in his life.”
Trump has said that crime across the nation is spiraling out of control — and that only he can restore order.
“We must maintain law and order at the highest level or we will cease to have a country,” Trump said last month.
Departing top cop Bill Bratton blasted the bloviating billionaire on MSNBC Wednesday.
Bratton was not impressed.
“It’s nice to talk tough, but this situation I have serious concerns about his abilities in that area,” Bratton said Wednesday.
And Bratton, a Vietnam veteran, said he was “appalled” by how Trump lackadaisically accepted a Purple Heart given to him Tuesday in Virginia.
“That’s one of the highest awards for soldiers suffering serious injury received in combat,” Bratton said. “The idea to treat it so lightly … I was amazed and appalled. I’m amazed that fellow vets are so supportive of him.”
“I’ve known Mr. Trump over the years and I’m not supporting him,” the outgoing police commissioner said. “That’s the reality of it.”
An email to the Trump campaign for comment was not immediately returned Wednesday.
Bratton is leaving the NYPD to take a job with Teneo Holdings, a consulting company with close ties to the Clintons.
The company, launched in 2011, served as an adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative, and ex-President Clinton served for a short time on the Teneo advisory board. Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin was one of the company’s past employees.
“I’ve known Mr. Trump for years,” Bratton said, “and I’m not supporting him.”
Bratton announced his resignation from the NYPD on Tuesday. Chief of Department James O’Neill will replace him as police commissioner in September, Mayor de Blasio announced.
This is not the first time Bratton has found himself at odds with Trump.
Last month, following the murders of five cops in Dallas, Bratton shot down a request from Trump’s camp to talk to cops at the Midtown North precinct at a 3 p.m. roll call.
“Our interest is staying out of the politics of the moment and not to provide photo ops,” Bratton told reporters at the time.