Outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump still refuses to apologize to Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) after comments he recently made in Ames, Iowa about McCain not being a war hero and liking people that aren’t captured in war.
Trump was attending a Family Leadership Summit when he responded negatively to a remark about Senator McCain being a war hero.
“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured- OK, I hate to tell you. He’s a war hero because he was captured, OK? And I believe perhaps he is a war hero, but right now, he said some very bad things about a lot of people.”
On Monday morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Senator John McCain admitted that Trump’s comments were “offensive” and “totally inappropriate” but downplayed questions about whether Trump owes him a personal apology.
“I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving our country” McCain said.
On ABC’s This Week Donald Trump was given an opportunity to apologize to Senator John McCain, a seasoned Republican in the Senate who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for 5 years and is not even running against Trump in the upcoming Republican primary but has strangely become a target of his in recent days.
In Trump’s brash and self aggrandizing style, he showed little remorse for his provocative remarks and attacked Senator John McCain for not showing enough support to war veterans.
“I believe that I will do far more for veterans than John McCain has done for many, many years, with all talk no action. He’s on television all the time, talking, talking. Nothing gets done” Trump said about McCain on ABC’s This Week.
A defiant Donald Trump didn’t stop there and like a “loose canon” shooting wildly into the air, he kept firing away at Senator McCain by questioning whether he is truly a smart man after pointing out that he finished last in his class in Annapolis.
“Yesterday, I mentioned somebody was saying, McCain’s a smart man. I said, really? He graduated last in his class at Annapolis, OK. So people laughed when I said it, but a lot of people don’t know that” Trump said smugly.
Trump’s disparaging and misdirected criticisms about Senator McCain’s education background and hero status in the Vietnam war isn’t viewed as presidential or having the quality of a polished statesman looking out for a fellow Republican that he would be entrusted to work alongside in Washington D.C. if he were elected to the oval office.
The other Republican candidates have already criticized Trump’s war hero remarks with former Texas Governor Rick Perry and Florida Senator Marco Rubio going the furthest by stating that Trump’s recent comments disqualifies him from running for president.
The Republican National Committee responded as well, saying there’s “no place in our party” for such comments.
Trump is no stranger to controversy.
His birther comments lodged against President Obama and Republican Senator Ted Cruz sparked some backlash across the country.
And his controversial remarks on June 16th during a presidential announcement speech connecting Mexican immigrants crossing the border and criminal activity led to sales of Trump styled piñatas booming across Mexico while Univision cut ties with Trump.
Univision and NBC Universal both pulled out of Miss Universe and Miss U.S.A. which Trump co-owns.
Here is Trump’s quote from June 16, 2015:
‘When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending you people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bring drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
According to a Washington Post-ABC News National Poll taken July 16-19th, which mostly occurred before Trump’s controversial comments about Senator McCain, Donald Trump held a majority lead against the other Republican candidates.
The poll showed that Trump is ahead with 24 percent while Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker came in second at 13 percent, and Florida’s former governor Jeb Bush maintained 3rd place with 12 percent.
According to a Suffolk poll taken last month, Trump captured 2nd place among Republicans in New Hampshire behind Florida’s Jeb Bush.
-Johnathan Schweitzer firstname.lastname@example.org