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Why Were the Media, the Left and Even the GOP Attacking Trump This Weekend?

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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?

Comment below: Were Trump’s remarks taken out of context?

Comments

37 Comments

  1. Hank says:

    Any “patriot” who disses Trump SOLELY on the WASHINGTON POST “cut n paste” story about his comments.. is as DUMB as any DEMOCRAT voter… READ THE ENTIRE TEXT.. you know, the FACTUAL TRUTH?? Then judge If Trump’s words were right or wrong.. keeping in mind, how many times McCain has been on the WRONG SIDE of Conservative issues….. and how he all but HANDED Obama the White House…

  2. Irene says:

    Well what i think is this the REAL HEROS ARE THE ONES WHO DIDN’T COME BACK HOME.

  3. Norm says:

    I believe that anyone who has an opinion of any other person ,even those running for President , has the right of FREE speach. If the revalations of his enemy prision made by those that also were captured and knew him state that the cong named him the songbird is true ; Maybe everyone should consider it like we did with Jane Fonda. Also why did he vote against the vets when it would have helped them exist? To critasize Trump from a single statement is perfect demo-rat typical politics along with the liberal media is dumb. Do we want another life long politico to control us or do we want a man that speaks his mind who can salvage us from the con job Obama confused us because noone wanted to be called Racist ??? I for one do not want another person elected that owes his past to the devils like George Sorrass .

  4. Gary says:

    So now political correctness has infected the Republicans. I don’t think Trump walks around knocking POW’s. The context was, he prefers war heroes who weren’t captured. It’s actually pretty funny. Rick Perry called for Trump’s withdrawal? Really? Perry has good principles but he is Bambi-in-headlights when facing the liberal media. Thus his “sensitive” remarks regarding Charleston. So are the other Republicans. I am tired of Republicans who are principled when preaching to the choir, but Bambi-in-headlights when facing the liberal media. I am tired of conservative candidates who dissemble when facing the liberal media. That is what they do: dissemble.

  5. Gunflint says:

    BLAH>>>BLAH>>>>BLAH Why don’t you ask some Vietnaum Vets what they think of the Pocket Gopher? Kiss my A**…I’m not sticking up for Trump…But I’m sure as H*** not sticking up for the Vet turncoat Pocket Gopher!!!! Roll that one & smoke it.

  6. Terri says:

    The more the media trashes Trump the better Trump looks. So far, Trump is saying what the rest of us are thinking. Would love to have one if our “good” candidates out front but so far they are pretty wet.

  7. Marty says:

    People don’t like Donald because he speaks the truth& doesn’t bother with political correction. He is just what we need in the White House. I don’t agree about Mcain, but that’s just My opinion. If we all thought the same it would be a very sad world. We need someone who is not afraid to step up to the plate, and not apologize for our country.Obama is a joke…

  8. Steve says:

    You morons saying you’re voting for Trump are no better than the liberals, I’d be willing to bet you voted for obama! You’re walking into the voting booth with an IQ of a cow! You’re part of the problem, not the solution! 9 out of 10 that voted for obama knew nothing about him or his politics, you know less about the moron Trump! You’re sheep being lead to the slaughter! We have some good candidates and you leave them hanging out to dry to go after gutter trash!

    1. Toodumtu says:

      Steve, this guy is the only one so far, who has the balls to tell it like it is. I don’t agree with the way he talked about McLame, but the fact of the matter is that McLame was only shot down and captured. Don’t quite see how that makes him a hero. If’ that’s the case then any and all the other service men who were captured, too are hero’s by virtue of the fact they were captured.
      And no I didn’t vote for The Big Eared Baboon in the white house now. I did indeed vote for McLame when re ran for president. I’ve since changed me opinion of him, and am working to help retire him here in Arizona in 2016.
      I agree there are a couple of the other candidates who would garner my vote, if only they would tell it like it is and stop with this PC bullshit. I suppose they have to continue the status quo in order for the Lobbyist’s to give them money. It’s a damn shame that a election has to go to the man who has the most loot, without standing up and telling it like it is.

    2. Edward says:

      Steve,
      You need to screw your head on right. You have been fed bull—t for so long you no longer can make the difference between right and wrong. Our president, who is a closet Muslim, lit up the White house with rainbow colors when gay marraige laws were passed, put refuses to lower the flags to respect the 5 military personnel that died in the recent terrorist attack. The family of the young lady who was shot to death on a pier did not receive a phone from him.I’m so sorry your IQ is in negative numbers. Perhaps you need a brain transplant………………..

  9. Steve says:

    Not sure Trump ever had my vote but I can tell you with absolute certainty he doesn’t have it now!

  10. Kerry says:

    I have no use for Trump or McCain. Trump only cares about Trump and McCain dosen’t care about veterans.

  11. c says:

    I read through every comment and didn’t see anyone who doesnt support Donald. It is obvious that politicians and media have no common sense whatsoever. Can someone enlighten me as to what McCain has done for the veterans in his state. As I recall, AZ was a mess regarding the VA scandal….oh yes, nothing to see anymore…we have moved on!
    While I wouldn’t wish being a POW on anyone, Mr McCain has more than milked the moment and used it to his benefit. True heros rarely talk about it. In fact I have friends who were in ‘Nam and they never speak of it…a bad war that killed lots of our boys! What benefit did we get from it? McCain and Kerry sure spin it for all they can get!

  12. Mike says:

    Explain to me anything other than being a war hero that McCain can hang his hat on. I respect him because he was a volunteer that was captured but since then he has been nothing but an obstructionist and part of what’s wrong with DC, the political establishment. McCain at best is a liberal light.

  13. Brent says:

    Yes, McCain survived his POW experience, but he was also instrumental in blocking and obstructing efforts by the families of those who did not return to find out what happened to their loved ones. Also, McCain was a co-sponsor of a bill to give millions of illegal immigrants citizenship. Sorry, I will respect McCain for having survived Hanoi, but that doesn’t entitle him to public office nor to a lack of scrutiny for what he has done since he came home!

  14. Edward says:

    Stop and think a moment. There are more than 100+ military personnel who spent time at the Hanoi Hilton, and never made it home…….Where is their “hero label? ”
    McCains hero label is a product of the press, a paper tiger. He deserves no mote recognition than other military people.
    Trump is right again. It’s the liberals and the progressives who can’t handle the truth.
    Keep up the good work,Trump. You’re like a breath of fresh air. America is listening…..

    A vet

  15. Ted says:

    AMEN- DONALD IN FACT HAS STRENGTHENED HIS STANDING ESPECIALLY WITH US VETS , ONE FOR TELLING THE TRUTH ON IMMIGRATION AND MC CAIN , AND SECONDLY FOR HAVING THE BALLS TO STAND BEHIND HIS WORDS, SHOW ME EVEN ONE POLITICIAN THAT EVER STOOD BEHIND HIS WORDS ???THERE AREN,T ANY.. NO MORE EX LAWYERS IN THE PRESIDENTS OFFICE–GO DONALD

  16. Wayne says:

    Yes I will vote for Trump all the way to being president. All of this pc is just something to fill copy writers pages. With Trump he will lead with winners an politicians will be put to work like they are supposed to be doing.

  17. Bill-B says:

    McCain may be a war hero for being shot down and being in a POW camp, that I will give him, he deserves at least that but I will not forgive him for wanting to keep the boarder open and becoming a full fledged RINO. I’m sick of politicians saying anything they think their voters want to hear to get elected and and soon as they do, they can’t hear us any more and they just turn a blind eye on their voters.

  18. Ranger says:

    We need a new kind of hero! Somebody not afraid to say what the majority of Americans are living and feeling daily. So go keep it up Trump! Seems lots of people are listening!

  19. Pat says:

    What he said about McCain is on target. I have read many articles referencing him a snitch in confinement. His fellow airmen said he gave up vector approaches and other important information after his capture. Another Bergdahl that got away with treason! Plus he is a terrible Senator. To me he is a socialist rino!

  20. Dennis says:

    I was severely wounded on Hill 689 7 July 1968 while serving with A 1/1 Marines and I am a Patriot and would vote for Trump . McCain was a Patriot but I do not consider him someone I care for now . Most politicians have not served in the military . I know what Trump said and it was said in anger and directed at McCain only and McCain has said a lot of negative things about others . I am not joining the crowd in putting him down ! Also remember how the liberals and the press treated POW James Stockdale !

  21. Karen says:

    I must comment here – first of all heroism takes various forms, but when WAR hero is used, it generally means saving lives, eliminating strategic targets, killing the enemy etc. Surviving as a prison is not really heroism. Oh it might take heroic effort to remain sane in isolation, or to survive, or endure. But that is not heroism. McCain entered N Vietnam injured and spent a good portion of his time in bed, recovering from injuries that we especially well cared for. There may be some question of whether he collaborated in some way – of that I am not positive. However, I KNOW for a fact since I’ve heard many a POW say this – it would not have mattered if there for 1 year or 10, it was all the same, living in a time warp, with time standing still. Those on the ground doing battle were heroes who risked life and limb, many died, all fought. And as for McCain, he came home in 1973 and it was immediately evident that he was intending to run for office – namely Goldwater’s seat. He had a wife who had waited – a lovely woman – but she had a limp from an accident and he deemed she was not ‘appropriate’ for his political career so he divorced her, to find a more desirable partner to join in his efforts. In the treatment of his first wife he pissed off Ronald and Nancy Reagan, among others. McCain was and remains ego driven and in the ensuing years he’s proven a HUGE disappointment, betraying conservative values time and again, siding with liberal issues far too often, and not standing up for our military when they could have used his voice and actions! So no I do not regard him as a hero, and Trump, while indelicate, continues to speak the truth that many just do not want to hear! Of McCain I am in the know – for reasons I don’t wish to divulge here.

    1. Dennis says:

      Nice statement Karen

    2. Pat says:

      You are absolutely 100% correct. McCain was just a captured airman! He has milked that to wealth, but has let America and veterans down, with his political votes!

    3. Ranger says:

      My husband (Airborne Ranger) served three combat tours in Vietnam, earning him the Silver Star, 2 Bronze stars, three purple hearts… all tagged with the “V” device. Awarded for demonstrating immense gallantry under fire. No one calls him a hero, and he doesn’t care either.

  22. Godeddy says:

    I Will Be Voting For Donald Trump! He Is The Only American Running For President ThAt I Think Is Being Totally Honest With The Americn People! I Want To Hear What The Candidates Are Really Thinking Not What They Think I Want To hear! Donald Teump Tells It Like He Sees Ut And That Alone Goes Along WY With The People In This Country! We Are Tired Of Being Lied Too!!!!!

  23. David says:

    left wing /media propaganda; THE DONALD, has made other controversial comments that are true and this is another one.

  24. Sonny says:

    John McCain has been one of the biggest disappointments there can be. He always sides with the left and attacks the right every time that he has the opportunity. I’d vote for Trump in a heartbeat!!

    1. Dennis says:

      Correct . He seems often to be a Democrat !

  25. Richard says:

    If I remember right, to be a war hero, you have to have done something to help defeat the enemy, not get captured and spend time setting around waiting to get released or to be rescued while others fight the war. The object of war is to keep from being captured and capture or kill the enemy. So how is it that McCain a war hero? The next President Donald Trump has my vote, and should have everyone’s vote that love the way this country used to be before the people that were voted into office turned their backs on the TRUE American way, for the ol mighty dollar. President Trump will return America back to its glory.

  26. Matt says:

    I served… Guess what headlinepolitics… I still agree with trump. Most veterans would rather not be labeled a hero no matter what they did… cause guess what they served by their own choice. When someone chooses to serve they choose to lay down the life they have for the betterment of this country. Not to further their public image. media sites like yours is nothing more than a liberal agenda propogandist site. you strive to derail someone from making a intelligent choice.

  27. Billy says:

    I am a naval veteran with 15 years total service. I like Trump more everyday. McCain while I honor his service and sacrifice is nothing more than another do nothing, talking out of both sides of his face politician who should have been gone a long time ago. We the people are tired of politicians and we are sick and tired of being lied too. Trump is saying what many of us common folk have been saying for a long time.

    1. Jerry says:

      You are exactly right people want to hear the truth not a bunch of junk I would vote for him In minute. He is a true American

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