Trump puts foot in it with swipe at war hero McCain

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

DON­ALD Trump, known for his in­cen­di­ary rhetoric on the 2016 cam­paign trail, lobbed his latest ver­bal grenade on Satur­day, dis­miss­ing the mil­i­tary record of Sen­a­tor John McCain, a for­mer pris­oner of war.

The flam­boy­ant bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man, re­al­ity TV star and Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial con­tender said Sen­a­tor McCain – a dec­o­rated avi­a­tor who was tor­tured in a North Viet­namese prison camp for five years – did not de­serve hero sta­tus for his war ser­vice.

“He’s not a war hero,” Mr Trump told a gath­er­ing of so­cial con­ser­va­tive ac­tivists in the Mid­west­ern state of Iowa. “He’s a war hero be­cause he was cap­tured. I like peo­ple that weren’t cap­tured, OK?”

The 69- year- old busi­ness ty­coon has never served in the US mil­i­tary. He went on to as­sert that Sen­a­tor McCain “grad­u­ated last in his class” at the US Naval Academy in An­napo­lis in the late 1950s.

Sen­a­tor McCain, 78, the 2008 Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date against Demo­cratic ri­val Barack Obama, was cap­tured dur­ing a bomb­ing raid over Viet­nam in Oc­to­ber 1967.

He did not per­son­ally re­act to Mr Trump’s com­ments, but his daugh­ter, 30- year- old broad­caster Meghan McCain, ex­pressed out­rage.

“I can’t be­lieve what I am read­ing this morn­ing. Hor­ri­fied. Dis­gusted. There are no words,” she wrote on her Twit­ter ac­count. “I have a brother that just re­turned from Afghanistan a month ago.”

Mr Trump’s re­marks trig­gered im­me­di­ate po­lit­i­cal up­roar, as other top Repub­li­cans de­fended Sen­a­tor McCain’s mil­i­tary record – and in the process tried to cash in on their ri­val’s faux- pas.

UN­RE­PEN­TANT: US co­me­dian Bill Cosby has been ac­cused of at­tacks by dozens of women go­ing back decades.

Don­ald Trump.

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