Trump campaign implodes after McCain war hero insult

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 at 9:15 am

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.”

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12 Responses to “Trump campaign implodes after McCain war hero insult”

  1. Frank G on 19/19/15 at 10:58 am

    He backtracked, but the damage was done. McCain is obviously a hero, and a bad Senator. Good thing Trump f’d up early, it was inevitable, and now we can move on. I did like his raising of the argument on Illegal Immigration and other “off-limits” topics

  2. larrym on 19/19/15 at 11:56 am

    John McCain although heroic is no Audie Murphy type of Hero. Laying on a floor getting beat vs standing on a burning tank and killing 241 advancing Germans is two different kinds of heroes, just saying, Trump was right, I would rather have my Heroes be like Murphy vs McCain.

  3. kurt on 19/19/15 at 1:33 pm

    Not sure if this is a screw up. I did 14 years in service with two wars. I might have been considered a hero back than but what about now have I ruined that by my decisions and actions, Have I lived up to my younger zeal to protect this country from my early years?? I think thats what Trump is driving at….

  4. Beckey neal on 19/19/15 at 2:25 pm

    He lost my vote today. John is a HERO! I remember that time very well and what he went through. Trump is not wise with his mouth. Can one even imagine negotiating with north Korea or Russia and having a mouth liek that? We would be in a nuclear war in no time. He can just get out of the race now.

  5. Max Lomax on 20/20/15 at 1:42 am

    Becky Neal, that is the most ignorat thing I have heard all nite…. GET OUT OF THE RACE,,,, REALLY?? Just for starters let’s see,, McCain has called himself the leader of the VETERANS IN ANERICA,,,,, have you been to a VA HOSPITAL LATELY TO SEE THE STAFF KILLING OFF THE VETERANS?!? McCAIN LIST HIMSELF AS A WAR HERO, while his so called capture he was DOING DOCUMENTRIES ON HOW BAD THE USA WAS AND THATS A HERO….????? Then he had his FATHER SEAL THE DOCUMENTS ( classified documents) SO THE U S CITIZEN CAN VIEW ALL OF THE FILES ON McCAIN!!



  6. theBuckWheat on 20/20/15 at 7:34 am

    Nobody should diminish what McCain went through because of his time spent as a POW. He still suffers from the wounds he received then. However nothing should diminish our ability to examine his record as US Senator, especially his recent record. It is time for him to retire from office.

    I would still thank him for his service to our country even though I would never vote for him again.

  7. Bob on 20/20/15 at 11:20 am

    From what I understand, this guy’s actions resulted in the destruction of several aircraft, the hobbling of the USS Forestall, and the death of over 100 shipmates on said carrier.

    And “implode”…let’s wait for some polling data before that is declared!

  8. Kauf Buch on 20/20/15 at 12:12 pm

    Can somebody please tell me how many (NOT “if”)
    of those *outraged* at this statement of Trump’s
    are actually Leftist Concern Trolls,
    taking advantage of an unforced error?

  9. All0American Male on 20/20/15 at 12:49 pm

    Nothing this website or any other can publish that will ever make me utter the words “John McCain was a hero!”

    Getting shot down and being a POW does not equate to heroism for me. And his character has been proven time and time again to be one of non-heroic.

    After all, wasn’t it McCaint that lobbied the first round of volleys at Trump? So now Trump went for the jugular and he’s losing republican support? Boo-hoo.

    I never expected to read on JWF how McCain was beyond reproach, but here it is.

  10. captain*arizona on 20/20/15 at 3:48 pm

    Its like when hitler attacked stalin you didn’t know who to boo for! Also republicans didn’t have a problem when veterans max cleland tammy duckworth john kerry or al gore were attacked!

  11. this ain't the summer of love on 21/21/15 at 7:46 pm

    Wow all the comrades are coming to the defense of Juan McCain.
    Too bad Trump didn’t say this back in 2008.