Trump Refusing to Back Down Over McCain 'Not a Hero' Statements

Trump refusing to back down over McCain 'not a hero' statements

Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate investor, reality television personality and now polarizing 2016 GOP presidential candidate, has frequently found himself in hot water over comments he has made to the public. Once again, Trump made waves in the media when he criticized Senator John McCain's military record last month. In a recorded interview at a conservative forum, Trump claimed McCain was "not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured." Unsurprisingly, this angered many American servicemen and women, particularly those who have been captured as prisoners of war.

Trump's comments were referencing McCain's time spent as a prisoner of war during Vietnam where he was a naval aviator flying A-4 Skyhawks. McCain was shot down in 1967 and was held prisoner for five and a half years, during which time he was tortured and refused an early release.

In response to Trump's comments, Senator McCain visited MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to say, "I think the point here is that there's so many men and some women who served and sacrificed and happened to be held prisoner, and somehow to denigrate that in any way, their service, in any way I think is offensive to most of our veterans."

Trump later appeared on the Today Show and refused to apologize for his statements regarding the Senator, but he did clarify that he believes McCain is a hero.

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