So Donald Trump is mouthing off now at people who aren't even running against him! He decided to attack ex-GOP nominee John McCain who last ran for the presidency in 2008 and lost to Barack Obama, saying that McCain wasn't a war hero because he was captured.
This kooky statement might hurt Trump to an extent, considering the outpouring of support for Chattanooga after the murder of five military men. The other GOP candidates now have to decide whether to let it go or stand up for McCain, who is unpopular with the Tea Party and considered an establishment RINO (Republican in Name Only). But of course Jeb and the gang are a bunch of hypocrites no matter what they say because they loved it when John Kerry was attacked by the Swiftboaters back in the day.
Oh how sad, the GOP is in a sticky situation. Make more popcorn!
“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.
. . . 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.”
John McCain had this reply:
“It’s very bad,” the Republican senator said. “This performance with our friend out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me,” McCain said. “Because what he did was he fired up the crazies.”
The Godfather of firing up the crazies says Trump is "firing up the crazies." http://t.co/muAqNhDHch pic.twitter.com/Z7bCiMB2SY— The National Memo (@NationalMemo) July 16, 2015
Doubling down, Trump refused to apologize for his remarks.
Tripling down, Trump then called McCain a Dummy - you can't make this stuff up!
JUST IN: Rick Perry calls on #Trump to withdraw from presidential race after McCain comments https://t.co/neEKzjJftg pic.twitter.com/A1jcCdCFSK— bernie lubell (@bernielubell) July 18, 2015
I'm not a fan of McCain but at least he had the guts to enlist in the military. ~Rick #DumpTrump #Trump #TrumpIsAJoke pic.twitter.com/BYbv9ZPcq6— CADOF (@CADOF1) July 18, 2015
John McCain was a PoW for 5+ years. Donald #Trump deferred service 4x. http://t.co/BFZ36gFxEd pic.twitter.com/lQrWhurB8U— bernie lubell (@bernielubell) July 18, 2015
Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal have all already responded to #Trump calling John McCain "not a war hero." pic.twitter.com/ykYz4JZOQa— bernie lubell (@bernielubell) July 18, 2015
Not even a big fan of John McCain BUT it's clear #Trump has absolutely no respect for American servicemen&women w/ the vitriol he's spewing.— TheDiaryofDaniel (@DiaryofDaniel) July 18, 2015
In a fight between paranoid buffoonery and schizophrenic dementia I support neither. #Trump #McCain trump mccain pic.twitter.com/X4XoIaMbDj— imfabulous (@imfabulous13) July 18, 2015