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Donald Trump Says McCain No War Hero: ‘I Like People Who Weren’t Captured’
The Daily Caller ^ | 7-18-2015 | Jamie Weinstein

Posted on 07/18/2015 10:16:30 AM PDT by servo1969

Donald Trump escalated his feud with Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain Saturday in a way that probably wasn’t the most politically astute.

Appearing at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit in Iowa, Trump decided to make the case that McCain is not a war hero. Asked by moderator Frank Luntz why he would call a war hero like McCain a “loser,” Trump replied, “He’s not a war hero.”

“He’s a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said sarcastically. “I like people who weren’t captured, I hate to tell you.”

McCain spent five and a half years in a North Vietnamese prison where he was routinely tortured after his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War.

After hearing boos from the crowd, Trump backed off a bit: “Perhaps he’s a war hero but right now he said some very bad things about a lot of people.”

Trump was referring to McCain calling the people who attended Trump’s recent immigration rally in Arizona “crazies.”

“This performance with our friend out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me,” McCain recently told the New Yorker magazine, speaking of Trump’s July 11 rally. “Because what he did was he fired up the crazies.”

The Washington Post reported Friday that Trump is trying to recruit a primary challenger in Arizona to try to defeat McCain in his 2016 re-election bid.

TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 2016election; arizona; backinthecage; election2016; johnmccain; mccain; newyork; pow; primarymccain; senatorjohnmccain; senatormccain; trump
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To: servo1969

Another goof. As bad as McCain is to the Republican’s Trump had no right to disparage him.

21 posted on 07/18/2015 10:25:39 AM PDT by SkyDancer ( "Nobody Said I Was Perfect But Yet Here I Am")
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To: servo1969

I am no fan of either of the guys. But trump is simply wrong on this one. McCain did his job. Getting captured is not a surrender. Trump is sliding on thin ice with this one.

22 posted on 07/18/2015 10:25:42 AM PDT by Vermont Lt
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To: servo1969
OOPS.......wrong thing to say, but it is not a hill I will die on regarding a vote for him.

But,I am sure many have finally found that hill to die on. They were just waiting for something bigger than immigration, they found it.

23 posted on 07/18/2015 10:25:48 AM PDT by annieokie
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To: servo1969

Agree, bad move by Trump. McCain was shot down and seriously injured pressing an attack on the enemy. Not his fault.

That said, McCain, the son & grandson of admirals, was a dunce at Annapolis, and continues to be stupid as a senator.

24 posted on 07/18/2015 10:25:55 AM PDT by twister881
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To: servo1969

Funny, I’ve often wondered how getting caught by the enemy made you a hero...

To he a hero don’t you have to do something heroic?

25 posted on 07/18/2015 10:26:23 AM PDT by babygene (.)
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To: Mollypitcher1

Just remember that most common Patton quotes were written by Coppolla.

26 posted on 07/18/2015 10:27:11 AM PDT by Vermont Lt
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To: NonValueAdded

I have never been convinced McCain’s Hanoi time was spent honorably. There’s something very fishy about McCain’s connection to Vietnam. Here’s a guy that supposedly spent years being brutalized by North Vietnam in Hanoi, and yet he went to bat for MFN for Vietnam against the families of POWs and veterans organizations.

Then that reunion with one of his old Vietnam guards????

Folks, he can play it off any way he likes, but NO North Vietnam guards were being nice to our POWs. In an atmosphere where captives are brutalized mercilessly, mind games to the max, and used as propaganda, it’s as dangerous for a guard to be nice to the captives as it is for the captives to act out.

McCain’s story about this buy being nice to him is pure horse stuff. IMO McCain is the closest we’ve come to a Manchurian Candidate.

Honorable? There are a lot of words to describe John McCain. That is not one of them.

27 posted on 07/18/2015 10:27:57 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Conservatism: Now home to liars too. And we'll support them. Yea... GOPe)
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To: servo1969

I don’t like McCain’s politics but this is over the top. Trump is too much into personal shots. I don’t mind the political shots, but we don’t need elementary school taunts in a presidential candidate.

28 posted on 07/18/2015 10:28:12 AM PDT by Starstruck (I'm usually sarcastic. Deal with it.)
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To: NormsRevenge

All for Trump, but to lump turncoat McCain in with all other POWs was going too far.

I have no PROOF that Johnny was a sellout at the Hanoi Hilton; only the accusations of some of his fellow prisoners. But I do have his record as a Senator all these years. In THAT department he has been a collaborating, backstabbing, two faced creep, to his Party, to his constituents and even to his VP Candidate, Sarah Palin. When the media wolves ganged up on her, he threw her TO them. He NEVER ONCE defended her from the media, or from the sniping snakes on his staff.

29 posted on 07/18/2015 10:28:26 AM PDT by Tucker39 (Welcome to America! Now speak English; and keep to the right....In driving, in Faith, and politics.)
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To: servo1969
On the one hand, never disparage a POW for being a POW. Bad move, Trump.

I've said repeatedly on other threads that sooner or later, Trump would say something so incredibly stupid it would derail his candidacy (if he were a serious candidate in the first place.)

Well, here it is.

I don't know many Conservatives who like John McCain, but disparaging the man's military service has always been a no-go zone.

Trump should've known better and the fact that he didn't and chose to "go there" after McCain's military service is a clear demonstration of the lack of discipline he has. The lack of discipline I and many others have said would derail his "campaign."

There is no defending Trump on this one unless one's a die-hard knee pad wearing sycophant.

30 posted on 07/18/2015 10:29:18 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: servo1969

Yeah, that wasn’t right to say.

Doesn’t change the fact that McCain is a POS, regardless of his past.

31 posted on 07/18/2015 10:29:46 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (
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To: cicero2k
Dear Donald, that was a shark you just jumped...

And the shark was in the Snake River.

Goole it, kiddies

32 posted on 07/18/2015 10:30:18 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (#KohlsCurve = Reaganomics Illustrated)
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To: twister881

I would caution against the dunce at USNa stance as well. Most people around could not come close to graduating a service academy. Not saying he is a genius, but it’s like the old joke: What do you call the guy who is last in his med school class? Doctor.

33 posted on 07/18/2015 10:30:48 AM PDT by Vermont Lt
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To: servo1969

He could have said “I prefer war heroes who don’t blow up their own ship”

34 posted on 07/18/2015 10:31:13 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: servo1969

Former POWs deserve our respect and sympathy, some endured horrific abuse.

I never considered them war heros, though.

That is reserved for people who are awarded Bronze Stars, Silver Stars, Distiguished Service Cross and the like.

In McCain’s case, he has through his Senate “service” destroyed any residual claim to respect for his POW days.
His outright treason against the citizens, holding border security hostage until they get amnesty, is unforgiveable.

We believed them in 1986.
We had ample reason in 2006 not to believe them.
He still is trying to reward people who broke in with citizenship. He is despicable.

Not a good move for Trump politically, though.

35 posted on 07/18/2015 10:31:21 AM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Know Islam, No Peace - No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: stanne

I was comparing to how Patton slapped the battle fatigue guy he called a malingerer

He shot from the hip like Trump

Trump can’t have a series of comments like these or it will cause erosion

No matter our dislike of McCain

If he wanted to get personal he could hit Queeg on his treatment of Palin who is popular with the base

36 posted on 07/18/2015 10:31:37 AM PDT by wardaddy (Mark Levin.....I love him...but he is ignorant of Dixie)
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To: servo1969
Trump backed off right away. But I do know what he was saying...or trying to say...

And McCain just like Kerry uses those wartime events as giving them entitlements.

How'd you get those Purple Hearts Mr. Kerry?? And how long were you in Nam??

37 posted on 07/18/2015 10:31:47 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Mygirlsmom
oops, *google*
38 posted on 07/18/2015 10:31:58 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (#KohlsCurve = Reaganomics Illustrated)
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To: Mollypitcher1

Patton’s son was a POW. He launched an unsuccessful raid deep into German-held territory in an attempt to free him.

39 posted on 07/18/2015 10:31:58 AM PDT by twister881
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To: stanne

But Patton do not say tgat

What Patton DID say, or DID NOT say is not the issue. What Patton, knowing his strength of character founded largely on his belief in God, WOULD HAVE SAID, is what we are talking about. Patton was a warrior. Those who did not have the warrior spirit were lacking in moral strength as far as he was concerned. Unfortunately, today the weak kneed, elastic backbone critters are worshiped by a people AFRAID to say anything that is not Politically Correct.
Patton DID say, “Lead, follow, or get out of the way!” I think this applies to most everything.
McCain and Kerry have milked their service far beyond what is acceptable. MANY served and MANY SUFFERED, and for their sacrifices they received nothing,not even the thanks of a “Grateful” nation!

40 posted on 07/18/2015 10:33:01 AM PDT by Mollypitcher1 (I have not yet begun to fight....John Paul Jones)
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