Clinton called McCain a genuine war hero and said it was shameful “that it took so long for most of his fellow Republican candidates to start standing up to” Trump.
Republican primary candidate Trump sparked outrage at the weekend when he appeared to suggest that a serviceman who was captured could not be a real hero, in reference to McCain’s time in a Vietnamese prison.
“Somehow to denigrate that in any way is offensive, I think, to most of our veterans”. “Mr. Trump owes Senator McCain and all veterans an apology,” said Retired Navy Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, president and CEO of Military Officers Association of America.
Trump went on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday and repeatedly criticized its anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie for not quoting him in full.
The billionaire businessman also says McCain and other lawmakers have not done enough to help veterans, nor have they addressed the issue that animates many of his supporters: illegal immigration. This statement was looked into closely by Politifact, and they concluded that “Trump literally said McCain is a hero five times, but never without caveats”, and rated the claim “Mostly False”.
Mr Trump has declined to apologise for his remarks at a gathering of religious conservatives in Ames, Iowa, last Saturday, when the moderator referred to Mr McCain as a war hero. “A great honor of my life was to serve in the company of heroes”. John McCain continue to reverberate. “It’s mostly poor people who can’t get a job and the economy is so awful”.
McCain was then asked if he regretted calling Trump’s supporters “crazies”. “And our country was divided in an nearly unprecedented fashion during the Vietnam War, and when I came home I was shocked”.
Donald Trump’s campaign for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination has sparked yet another firestorm with his recent comments about Senator John McCain. I worked ever since to heal those wounds. “@SenJohnMcCain and all our veterans – particularly POWs have earned our respect and admiration”, he tweeted. “Donald Trump does not understand he hit a chord and I believe he’s going to face a lot of protests in the coming months”.
Numerous other GOP candidates, including Jeb Bush, Rick Perry and Scott Walker, were similarly critical of Trump.