The day Donald Trump announced his candidacy I made the prediction that it would end in a major implosion and this just might be the start of it already. He’s now getting serious heat for attacking John McCain for being a POW in Vietnam after his plane was shot down.
Appearing on Saturday at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, the real estate mogul took his running feud with Arizona Sen. John McCain to a new level.
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“He’s not a war hero,” said Trump. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
The remarks, which came after days of back-and-forth between McCain and Trump, were met with scattered boos.
Then he lied about it:
At a press availability following his remarks, Trump denied saying that McCain isn’t a war hero and said, “If somebody’s a prisoner, I consider them a war hero.”
He also continued his attacks on the Arizona senator, saying, “I think John McCain’s done very little for the veterans. I’m very disappointed in John McCain.”
And then he doubled down on it:
In a follow-up statement sent to reporters, Trump again declined to apologize, calling McCain “yet another all talk, no action politician who spends too much time on television and not enough time doing his job.”
Combine this with the fact that Trump is yet another chickenhawk:
Trump received four student deferments from military service between 1964 and 1968. In Ames, he told reporters another medical deferment he received after graduating was for a bone spur in his foot. When asked which foot, Trump told reporters to look up the records.
Yeah, if you dodged going to war, you really oughta shut the fuck up about a guy who spent six years being tortured in the Hanoi Hilton. You can disagree with him politically, of course, but when you go for that kind of cheap attack, you sound like a petulant 15 year old. Could this be the start of Trump’s implosion? You know this is going to play very, very badly among the Republican base.
This is the problem when you have a loudmouthed asshole firing blindly with no campaign advisers to tell him when to shut up or what to say. It was inevitable. And the race has only just begun.