Donald Trump’s campaign should have ended the day he insulted John McCain as a prisoner of war. Disagreeing with a man’s politics is not the same as insisting that he’s less of a war hero, even less of a man, because he was captured during war.
This is especially true when one remembers that Trump got six draft deferments.
That day was July 18, 2015, when Trump spoke at a Christian conservative conference in Iowa and was asked about John McCain’s statements that Trump’s racist rhetoric against Mexican immigrants was “stirring up the crazies.”
Trump went on the attack, and the questioner asked if it was appropriate to say disparaging things about a war hero, and Trump snapped back that McCain was “not a war hero.”
‘He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.’
American citizens were shocked and outraged, and even others in Trump’s own party were quick to denounce him and distance themselves from the remarks.
Rick Perry, former Republican governor of Texas and an Air Force veteran, said that the remarks should disqualify Trump from the race, and that “Donald Trump owes every American veteran and in particular John McCain an apology.” Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, said that the remark was enough for him to “unequivocally denounce” Trump. Marco Rubio, Republican senator from Florida, said that “America’s POWs deserve much better than to have their service questioned by the offensive rantings of Donald Trump.” Even the Republican National Committee was furious.
‘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.’
Note that, today, all of them endorse Trump. Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, the Republican National Committee, and even John McCain have done a complete 180 since then and backed the GOP nominee, despite his insults and his insinuation that prisoners of war are somehow failures as soldiers.
Meet Joel Sollender. Sollender was an American soldier during WWII when he was captured by the Nazis in 1944. The war hero has a few words for Donald Trump, and they are utterly heart-breaking.
As his voice breaks, Sollender tells Trump that:
‘My war is 70 years ago, and yesterday.’
See Sollender’s powerful ad for the Hillary Clinton campaign below:
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