ALSO “NOT A WAR HERO”
|| By FITSNEWS || Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump‘s “say anything” presidential campaign rolls on … and this time, the filterless GOP frontrunner is blasting one of the liberal establishment “Republicans” who’s been trying to blunt his momentum.
Trump took aim this weekend at John McCain – the left-leaning U.S. Senator from Arizona who has consistently sold out taxpayers in an effort to accommodate the radical overreach of U.S. president Barack Obama.
“I don’t like losers,” Trump said at an Iowa GOP event, referring to McCain’s disastrous 2008 campaign against then-U.S. Senator Obama.
Trump also called McCain a “dummy,” a point we’ve made previously regarding the latter’s ill-conceived foreign policy views.
But it was his third slam that’s drawing criticism …
When told by moderator Frank Luntz that McCain was a “war hero,” Trump bristled at the suggestion.
“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said. “He’s a war hero because he was captured, okay. I like people that weren’t captured.”
Trump later revisited the controversial remark, saying McCain was “perhaps” a war hero.
He then sent out a tweet saying “captured or not, all our soldiers are heroes.”
McCain’s longtime bosom buddy in the U.S. Senate, Lindsey Graham (who is most assuredly not a war hero), rushed to his fellow warmonger’s defense.
“If there was ever any doubt that (Trump) should not be our commander in chief, this stupid statement should end all doubt,” Graham tweeted.
McCain has been baiting Trump recently – part of an effort by the GOP establishment to blunt his rise in the polls. In fact McCain isn’t just going after “The Donald,” he’s attacking his supporters.
Earlier this month, McCain criticized Trump’s high-flying presidential candidacy for “firing up the crazies.”
(For a more sophisticated look at the forces undergirding Trump’s ascendancy, click here).
For the record, we do believe McCain – who was shot down over Vietnam and held as a prisoner-of-war for six years – was a hero. But he has long ago surrendered any claim to that mantle by repeatedly placing American men and women in harm’s way as part of his costly, ill-fated, interventionist warmongering.
Oh, and let’s not forget his affiliation with the terrorist organizations which eventually became part of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
More than any other member of the U.S. Senate (save Graham, perhaps), the blood of thousands of Americans – including those still dying as a result of PTSD – is on McCain’s hands.
Also on McCain’s hands? The shameful treatment these veterans have received from their country once their usefulness to the military-industrial complex has been exhausted.
McCain a hero? Then, yes.
Today? Hell no.