Donald Trump Insults John McCain's War Service & Proves He Doesn't Know the Meaning of Hero

donald trumpThis weekend presidential candidate Donald Trump refused to apologize to Senator John McCain for insulting his five-year ordeal in a prison camp in the Vietnam War. But McCain says he's not the one owed an apology.


"He's not a war hero," Trump said of McCain this weekend at a campaign rally. "He's a war hero because he was captured? I like people that weren't captured."

Well, Trump is one of those people who didn't get captured. But that's because he was otherwise occupied while McCain was, oh nothing, just conducting targeted air strikes.

In 1968, while McCain clung to life in a tiny cell in Vietnam, body broken from his plane crash, months of torture, starvation, and barbaric surgery, Trump was finishing his Ivy League education -- no draft for him! He was clubbing, wining and dining beautiful women, and plotting how to leverage his inherited wealth into a larger fortune. So he's one to talk. 

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McCain, for his part, is handling Trump's words with graciousness. When he was asked on Morning Joe if he thinks Trump owes him an apology he said, "No."

"But 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 their country," McCain added. He said he doesn't consider himself a hero -- that honor he reserves for his senior offers in the war. "A great honor of my life was to serve in the company of heroes."

Plenty of other people, from Secretary of State and fellow vet John Kerry to Jeb Bush, are standing up for McCain and his sacrifice. And a spokesman for the Republican National Committee said, "Senator McCain is an American hero because he served his country and sacrificed more than most can imagine. Period. There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably."

I guess Trump has a different idea of what makes a hero. He has different values. But man, compare these two men's lives and one of them sure does look small.


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