Where was John McCain in 1968? The Senator from Arizona and former Presidential candidate was just beginning his five year internment in a POW camp in Vietnam after his plane was shot down while serving in the war voluntarily. McCain would eventually be offered early release after the powerful identity of his father became known to his captors at the ‘Hanoi Hilton,’ but McCain refused to leave before his fellow detainees who had been captive longer were released first.
Where was Donald Trump in 1968? He had just obtained his fourth student deferment in order to avoid serving in the same war and was about to obtain a deferment for a “bone spur” in one of his feet. When a reporter recently asked which foot, Trump told him to consult the records.
Trump said this to pollster Frank Luntz during a Q&A session over the weekend:
“He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, OK? I hate to tell you. He is a war hero because he was captured. OK, you can have — I believe perhaps he is a war hero.”
The comments have every other Republican candidate for President, and some former ones like Mitt Romney, up in arms. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry called him unfit for the office.
While usually comments against a fellow Presidential candidate are par for the course in a primary, in this case, some think the fireworks in Trump’s direction are well-deserved. Despite his rank in the polls, Trump has angered Hispanic Americans with comments about Mexican immigrants. Now, he’s being targeted for this. What do you think this will mean for Trump at the end of primary season?
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