Sen. John McCain isn’t backing down after Donald Trump’s comments that Sen. McCain is not a war hero. From CNN.com:
The controversy began when Trump, speaking at a question-and-answer session at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, commented on McCain, with whom he’s recently feuded over
“He is not a war hero,” Trump told pollster Frank Luntz, who was hosting the session.
“He is a war hero,” Luntz interjected.
“He is a war hero
because he was captured,” Trump said, cutting him off. “I like people that weren’t captured, OK?
Veterans, veterans groups, and other GOP contenders were quick to defend Sen. McCain’s service, as well as the service of thousands of others. On Monday’s “Morning Joe,” Sen. McCain didn’t ask for an apology from Trump, for an apology to all POWs. Clearly, Sen. McCain doesn’t want to be part of the media circus surrounding Trump’s candidacy.
Asked if he was angry that someone who had avoided that draft was knocking him, McCain said he preferred to move past the issue.
“I put that all behind me,” McCain said. “I put all that behind me. For me to get back in anger at anyone is non-productive. Our country was divided in an almost unprecedented fashion during the Vietnam War. And when I came home I was shocked. So I have worked ever since to try and heal those wounds.”
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham — who McCain has backed for the GOP presidential nomination — rushed to the Arizona senator’s defense when they appeared together at an event Monday afternoon.
“Some people say that he’s not an American hero. I say he and everybody like him is an American hero,” Graham said.
Wasting no time to get even, Trump decided to give out Sen. Graham’s cell phone number at a public event today. When Sen. Graham was asked if he would call Trump, he put it all in perspective.
“What good would that do, calling Donald Trump?” Graham said. “I’m more worried about the Iran nuclear deal than I am Donald Trump, and so is John McCain.”