Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took his confrontational campaign to a new level when he said on Saturday that Sen. John McCain was not a war hero because he was captured by the North Vietnamese.
Sen. McCain, R-Ariz., this week criticized Trump’s rhetoric on immigration, saying that the businessman at a recent rally in Phoenix had “fired up the crazies.”
Trump on Saturday shot back, saying “(McCain’s) a war hero because he got captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
At a later news conference Trump tried to explain his remarks, but did not offer an apology.
Reaction was swift and harsh, with Trump’s GOP presidential rivals and even conservative leaders of the Republican Party — who are no fans of McCain’s politics — decrying Trump’s remarks.
“The difference between Sen. John McCain and Donald Trump: Trump shot himself down. McCain and American veterans are true heroes,” Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, tweeted.
“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,” the Republican National Committee said in a statement.
SOURCE: Annah Backstrom
The Des Moines Register