After dismissing McCain’s reputation as a war hero because he was captured in Vietnam and saying “I like people who weren’t captured“, Trump declared “I will say what I want to say”.
“Somehow to denigrate that in any way is offensive, I think, to most of our veterans”. The Post might have been able to get away stating that Trump “implied” McCain was not a war hero because McCain was captured, but even that would have been a subjective interpretation since Trump had actually stated the opposite.
Responding to the controversy in a live interview Monday morning on NBC’s “Today”, Trump blasted the show’s hosts and other members of the media for allegedly misrepresenting his comments.
“Donald Trump should apologize immediately for attacking Senator McCain and all veterans who have protected and served our country”.
“I have tremendous respect for McCain but I don’t buy the war hero thing”.
“I put all that behind me”, he said.
McCain spent more than five years as a prisoner during the Vietnam War.
“The great honor of my life was to serve in the company of heroes”, he said on Morning Joe.
“I’m not a hero”, he added. “We have so many people who are looking for a reason to be offended”.
It’s true that Trump stated one time that McCain is not a war hero.
Trump’s remarks about McCain at the Iowa Family Leadership Summit Saturday immediately drew the condemnation of several GOP candidates, many of whom had just finished criticizing him for calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and criminals. Our country was divided in an nearly unprecedented fashion during the Vietnam War. “So I have worked ever since to try and heal those wounds”. He advocated building a wall along the United States’ southern border. He says there are no plans to cancel Trump’s August appearance.
Texas Governor and fellow candidate for the Republican party Rick Perry called out Trump, urging him to drop out of the presidential race.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush called Trump’s comment “slanderous”, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said he “needs to apologize”. “We talk about John McCain and he is a fearless man, but we don’t talk about people that weren’t captured and that’s what I was trying to refer to”.