NYPD Commissioner: Donald Trump "Scares the Hell Out of Me"

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NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton on 'CBS This Morning'

"I just watch this whole campaign, and I shake my head," Bill Bratton said on Wednesday's 'CBS This Morning.'

New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton did not mince words Wednesday morning when he was asked about Donald Trump. 

The city's top cop, who announced Tuesday that he would retire in September, said he takes issue with the GOP presidential nominee, whom Bratton said he has known for about 20 years.

"Mr. Trump scares me, scares the hell out of me, to be quite frank," Bratton said on CBS This Morning. "I just don't get it in terms of the support for him."

The 68-year-old Army vet, who fought in Vietnam, said he was "amazed" some veterans groups are "so charmed" by Trump.

Bratton called one of the most recent Trump incidents to make headlines "appalling."

During a rally in Virginia on Tuesday, Trump was given a Purple Heart medal by a supporter, whom the billionaire businessman brought onstage to thank. Then it happened. Trump said, "I've always wanted to get the real Purple Heart. This was much easier." 

The medal is given to soldiers wounded in combat. 

"Amazing. No recognition of the significance of that medal. No sensitivity there," Bratton said of Trump's comments. 

Trump's "lack of depth" and "shoot from the hip" mentality on issues are what scares Bratton the most, he said. 

"I just watch this whole campaign, and I shake my head. Again, a personal opinion," Bratton said. "I wonder if he's ever taken an actual physical punch. I'm always amazing by people who are portrayed as tough guys or who portray themselves as tough. It's easy being tough. But it's a lot tougher understanding standing when you need to be soft." 

The Trump campaign declined to comment on Bratton's comments. 

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