Donald Trump tells John McCain: ‘I like people who weren’t captured’

Donald Trump, the provocative Republican presidential candidate, has caused anger among his party members by attacking Republican grandee John McCain.

Speaking at an Iowa gathering billed as a “Family Leadership Summit”, Mr Trump escalated a war of words with his Republican colleague. On Monday Mr McCain had accused Mr Trump of “firing up the crazies” with his controversial statements.

On Saturday Mr Trump hit back.

“He was a war hero because he was captured,” said Mr Trump. “I like people who weren’t captured.”

  • Clink9

    Very dumb thing to say.

    • David Murrell

      Agreed. Trump thinks he can say what he wants, but in public one has to know when to say what, at all times. I followed the war closely, and there is a fairly strong narrative about the torture and the pain the captured vets went through. Trump is oblivious to all of that. Remember Jane Fonda posing with captured vets, who wanted nothing to do with her?

      And btw, North Vietnam flouted basic international agreements, given the ill-treatment accorded to their captured prisoners. Trump doesn’t care about that.

      • Alain

        No doubt whatsoever you are correct about what the POWs suffered at the hands of the Vietnamese communists, but I fail to see how that makes one a war hero. Yet that is McCain’s claim to fame, as though it makes him untouchable as a politician. I disagree again. McCain’s attack on Trump was every bit as unacceptable and outrageous, so I find both parties equally guilty of the same.

        • Clink9

          I guess the heroic part is not spilling his guts.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Except I have heard stories that he did.

          • Alain

            Still I would not condemn him for that, since none of us were in his shoes. What I do object to is his exploitation of a very sad and unfortunate situation to pretend he is some kind of war hero and therefore has all this wisdom for everyone.

          • Clink9

            Could be. The Donald just has to stay on topic and keep dragging the ball over to the other end.

            Like Rob Ford’s campaign of “gravy train”.

        • David Murrell

          Agreed. On a newer BCF post I mentioned that Trump ought to have attacked McCain specifically on his demagogic “crazies” comment, referring to those Americans upset about lax border immigration rules. But to go off and name-call someone, about is POW record, is stupid. For one thing, this tarnishes (unfairly) the people criticizing illegal immigration.

          In a more recent BCF post, the post talks about that in prior years it was the left who attacked our POW veterans. Trump sounds like a leftist here.

  • He’s a very childish man. Not that I can stand McCain either, but still.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      So it’s “Go Jeb” now?

      • ntt1

        he survived some harrowing times but yes that does not make him a hero, and Jenner is still a guy

      • Alain

        What amazes me is just how quickly the long knives came out and want to throw him to the wolves for what many consider a statement in bad taste.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          It doesn’t matter.
          He’s got fuck you money and can say anything he wants.

  • jayme

    That was definitely a low blow (and a dumb thing to do even from a practical standpoint). On the other hand, though McCain should be commended for his military service and I feel sorry for him because of what he endured, he’s become an ass politically, a representative case of what’s wrong with the Republican Party.

  • El Martyachi

    GOP is in trouble with this jackass. Unless he’s tanking.. but.. oh hell who cares.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Trump just blew it. The sad thing is, who can take him seriously after this outburst?

    • Jay Currie

      Well, I don’t think anyone was taking him too seriously before he put his foot in his mouth. He got his point across on immigration. That is probably enough.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Not what I would say, but since he’s the only one with the courage to speak out against illegal immigration, I’ll forgive him.
      At the end of the day, McCain has done more harm than good for this country.

  • Brett_McS

    McCain is a jack-ass, but this is probably not the best way to express that thought.

  • Brett_McS

    Trump brought the immigration issue to the fore, but he may have blown up (as he was always going to do) a bit soon to make sure it got the traction it needs. It would have been much better if he kept going for another six months or so.

  • barryjr

    Trump is done and his biggest fault is he told the truth, something that many are too afraid to do.

  • dukestreet

    My Uncle was a bombardier in WW 11 and was shot down twice. he manged to escape both times and return to fly and bomb the Germans again. He was not and is not considered a hero but I think what he managed to do was fantastic. I am sorry for every soldier killed, injured or captured, but, managing to escape what should have been captured and being able to fight on again is better for the war effort. he was and is a hero to me.

    • Brett_McS

      My father was a Lancaster pilot, shot down over Germany; he escaped with the help of the Dutch Underground, returned to the UK and formed another crew. In more recent years he joined the Royal Escaping Society; the official tie (which I have) has a barbed wire motif and the tie pin is in the form of a silkworm caterpillar (representing the parachute).

  • Petrilla

    Donald Trump touches the third rail of politics, but did he really? There are many many comments on all us websites discussing McCains political career over 40 some years in the Senate, many things he has said and his history. Yes, Trump sounded crass, but no surprise there. Is McCain such a hero? Shouldn’t every little bit of business come out? I think there are a lot of he shouldn’t have hurt his feelings commenters out there, rather that what is McCains record in war and in politics. Just my opinion, knowing I am going against the grain.

  • Minicapt

    Mr Trump does have the advantage when it comes to experience in bankruptcy management.


    • Brett_McS

      Possibly, although he has never filed for bankruptcy himself.

      • Minicapt

        That is part of the problem.


  • Edubeat

    The Donald has undergone a lot of trauma in his life. Like sitting in his basement counting all his millions every night. It can really get to some people not to mention all the hairpiece jokes!

  • Gaian

    Trump is a saint compared to Ontario’s premier sleeze Kathleen Wynn. McCain should be honored as a veteran but he is no hero. In fact McCain is a fruitcake and has been screwing over US veterans for some time now. Trump is tactless, but in this he is not wrong.