Donald Trump attacked John McCain’s military service at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa.
He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, okay? I hate to tell you. He’s a war hero because he was captured, okay? And I believe perhaps he’s a hero, but right now he’s said some very bad things about a lot of people.
July 18, 2015
Of course, Donald Trump didn’t mention how he dodged the draft on five different occasions, four times for “education” and one time for “bone spurs,” a condition that didn’t affect his ability to play sports and golf and of which he now seems magically cured.
Donald Trump also didn’t mention how despite being captured and tortured, John McCain never gave up any intelligence to the enemy.
Finally, Donald Trump also didn’t mention how a year after McCain’s Navy bomber was shot down, the imprisoned McCain was abruptly offered unconditional release by the North Vietnamese, perhaps because his father had just been named the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific. McCain was still badly crippled from his crash and the poor medical treatment that followed, yet he adhered to the P.O.W. code of honor and refused to be repatriated ahead of American prisoners who had been in captivity longer than he.
John McCain was tortured for his defiance, and ultimately spent more than two years in solitary confinement. The abuse, combined with the after-effects of his injuries, left him physically marked. He could have avoided it all, but out of loyalty and love for his comrades, he chose not to.