Donald Trump Says John McCain Is No War Hero, Setting Off Another Storm – The New York Times

Donald Trump Says John McCain Is No War Hero, Setting Off Another StormBy JONATHAN MARTIN and ALAN RAPPEPORTJULY 18, 2015Continue reading the main storyShare This PageShareTweetEmailMoreSavePhotoDonald J. Trump after the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday. Credit Joshua Lott for The New York TimesAMES, Iowa — Donald J. Trump has made his name in politics with provocative statements,

but it was not until Saturday, after the flamboyant businessman turned presidential candidate belittled Senator John McCain’s war record, that many Republicans concluded that silence or equivocation about Mr. Trump’s incendiary rhetoric was inadequate.Mr. Trump upended a Republican presidential forum here, and the race more broadly, by saying of the Arizona senator and former prisoner of war: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured.

I like people who weren’t captured.”Mr. McCain, a naval aviator, was shot down during the Vietnam War and held prisoner for more than five years in Hanoi, refusing early release even after being repeatedly beaten……………..



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