This dumb diatribe might have Trumped them all.
Donald Trump on Saturday said there was nothing heroic about the 5¹/₂ years Sen. John McCain spent in a North Vietnamese POW camp — souring even his staunchest Republican supporters.
“He’s not a war hero,” the billionaire presidential candidate said in Iowa, stunning an audience of Christian conservatives whose cheers dissolved into boos and murmurs. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
McCain, 78, a Navy pilot, was shot down in 1967 over Hanoi. He was tortured in captivity yet refused to be released before his fellow prisoners. He was freed in 1973.
Trump, a 69-year-old billionaire whose father was a real-estate mogul, reportedly received five deferments from military service at the height of the Vietnam War.
He mocked McCain for having graduated near-last in his class at the US Naval Academy and called him a “loser” for failing in the 2008 presidential race.
The “Apprentice” host launched into the rant when asked about his calling McCain a “dummy” last week following the senator’s comments that Trump’s Arizona followers were “crazies.”