Posted: 10:33 pm Saturday, July 18th, 2015
By Jamie Dupree
Donald Trump stirred the pot in the Republican race for the White House again on Saturday, but his latest salvo against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was met with widespread rebukes from other GOP hopefuls and leading Republicans across the country.
Trump – well known for his biting verbal attacks – was asked about his recent public feud with McCain, who recently called supporters of Trump’s “crazies.”
“He’s a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said dismissively, adding, “I like people that weren’t captured.”
The remark drew immediate condemnation from other Republicans, both in and out of the race for the White House, and highlighted questions about whether Trump’s penchant for verbal jabs might get him in further hot water in this campaign.
After Donald Trump spends six years in a POW camp, he can weigh in on John McCain's service
— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) July 18, 2015
Scott Walker says Sen. John McCain “without a doubt is an American hero” — and Donald Trump should apologize for his comment today.
— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) July 18, 2015
America’s POWs deserve much better than to have their service questioned by the offensive rantings of Donald Trump
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 18, 2015
Enough with the slanderous attacks. @SenJohnMcCain and all our veterans – particularly POWs have earned our respect and admiration.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) July 18, 2015
I know @SenJohnMcCain. Senator John McCain is an American hero. Period. Stop.
— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) July 18, 2015
After his remarks at a GOP event in Iowa, Trump sparred with reporters over what he had said – and then was asked about his own military service during the Vietnam War. The Washington Post wrote it up this way:
After the fact, Trump issued two press releases of his own to try to clear up what he meant about McCain:
Early on Sunday morning, Trump was still on the attack against McCain.
The Veterans Administration is in shambles and our veterans are suffering greatly. John McCain has done nothing to help them but talk.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2015
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.