So, Trump and McCain have been feuding the last few days. It culminated with this …..
Donald Trump might finally have crossed the line.
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.
“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.
McCain, a former Navy pilot, spent roughly five-and-half years in a notorious North Vietnamese prison known as the “Hanoi Hilton,” where he was repeatedly tortured. He spent two of those years in solitary confinement.
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.”
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.
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.” …..
There’s more to read about fellow Repubs attacking and distancing themselves from Trump.
And, this is why Trump isn’t a viable candidate. He lacks the ability to compartmentalize. He reacts rather than acts in a thoughtful manner. And, he doesn’t know when to cut his losses. (He’s filed bankruptcy more than once.)
Look, I despise McCain’s politics. But, you can’t go after the man’s service when he’s literally got the scars to prove what he went through in the service of this nation. It’s out-of-bounds! I don’t think he’s going to be able to wipe this one off, especially given his own history. It’s going to follow him, probably, forever.
Now, to mitigate the harm his mouth has done, he needs to apologize, publically, and personally. But, to do that will diminish him in the eyes of some of his more ardent supporters. Still, he needs to if he’s going to have any sway in the Republican nomination process.
You’ve got to know which side of your bread is buttered! If Trump was running as a Dim, this wouldn’t harm him near as much. Look at the base! The base Trump is counting on? They’ll have none of this idiocy.
That said, it may very well be that Trump has already served his purpose. You can absolutely know all of the other candidates noted Trump’s bump when he started talking about securing our border. (Paging Senators Cruz and Paul!!!!) So, let Trump go, and pick up his voters w/o the McCain POW stupidity! It sells and resonates!