Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump finds himself at the center of yet another political fire-storm. This time for publicly attacking Arizona Senator John Mccain’s status as a war hero.
At a conservative forum in Iowa on Saturday, Trump dismissed McCain’s reputation as a war hero because he was captured in Vietnam, saying “I like people who weren’t captured.”
Once again, the real estate mogul is refusing to back down from his remarks, but the reaction has been swift and overwhelmingly negative. Especially from fellow Republican presidential candidates.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal remarked, “After Donald Trump has been a prisoner of war, then he’s in a position to comment on and criticize the Senator’s record.”
Florida Senator Marco Rubio told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union,” “It’s not just absurd, it’s offensive. It’s ridiculous. And I do think it is a disqualifier as Commander in Chief.”
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry said Trump owes McCain an apology, and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said he “crossed the line.”
But, even though Trump endorsed McCain’s own presidential bid back in 2008 that isn’t stopping him from doubling-down on his comments.
In an op-ed for USA Today titled “I Don’t Need to be Lectured,” Trump slams McCain by describing problems at Veterans Affairs hospitals as his fault. He also says that McCain as a politician has “made America less safe.”
McCain spent five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, while Trump received four student deferments and one medical deferment and never served in the conflict although, according to his op-ed, served as co-chairman of the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission.