John McCain Responds to Donald Trump: ‘I’m Not a Hero’

Sen. John McCain is firing back at Donald Trump after the presidential contender slammed him, claiming he was “not a war hero.”

The Arizona senator, a former naval pilot who was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for almost six years, said Trump doesn’t owe him an apology, but needs to offer a mea culpa to all prisoners after “denigrating” their service.

“I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving their country,” he said Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” which was simulcast on “Today.”

Trump took shots at McCain’s military history on Saturday.

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

McCain said, “The great honor of my life was to serve in the company of heroes.”

“I’m not a hero,” he said on the morning talk show. “But those who were my senior ranking officers … those that inspired us to do things we otherwise wouldn’t have been capable of doing — those are the people that I think he owes an apology to.”

McCain also took the high road, refusing to attack Trump for avoiding service in the Vietnam War with a series of deferments.

“For me to look back in anger at anyone is nonproductive,” he said. “And our country was divided in an almost unprecedented fashion during the Vietnam War, and when I came home I was shocked. So I’ve worked ever since to try to heal those wounds.”

Politicians on both sides of the spectrum, including Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal, skewered Trump following his contentious comments and questioned whether he was fit to be commander-in-chief.

Trump called into “Today” on Monday morning to clarify his remarks, but refused to back down.

“I’m not a fan of John McCain,” he told Matt Lauer on the phone. “He’s done a horrible job for the vets.”

Trump also said that he actually referred to McCain as a war hero on Saturday.

“I said it at the news conference. I said it on the stage. The next sentence was, ‘He is a war hero.’ I said that, but they never want to play it,” Trump explained.

He shared the same sentiment in a USA Today op-ed published on Sunday, asserting that “the news media are also distorting my words.”

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  1. Anne says:

    john has failed this country. Viet nam was never declared as a war. So war hero is improper. The Viet nam vets still suffer. The agent orange killed my xhusband and his brother yet they not children got anything. Our military is being treated like paupers. It’s sick. He has the job to fix this however hopefully some of Trumps remarks will get some action. God bless these men. John blew the presidential election. He knew Palin’s daughter got knocked up. Idiocy. He speaks like a mouse. We need string powerful men like Trump to rock this great nation back where it once was. Trump for President. The Five on fox needs to get that jackass off tv as he mailed the wrong man. He’s a punk.

  2. Mr. Mike says:

    Kind of funny that the people calling for Trump’s head were the same exact mutts that called McCain a babykiller back in the day. Liberal hypocrisy has no limits.

    • bibistone says:

      And when did you hear that? That would be interesting because it’s fucking True! I just didn’t hear absolutelly noone in that time points that out, at that times at least and I highly doubt it’s true..

  3. Trump definitely slipped up making that comment. Out of line.

  4. Tony Mac says:

    No McCain is not

  5. Trump has clearly set the standards for the other GOP candidates and has turned this into a very exiting race. The GOP establishment and the other candidates must now stop their usual “games” and address the top issues if they want to get elected.

    Finally, a Republican who is not intimidated by the Liberal media. What a rare gem!

    We need to get Obama out of office and not let another Democrat take his place. No Hillary. No Warren… No Sanders! Trump 2016!

    The middle class is shrinking in Obama-America because Obama is taxing them to oblivion and taking away their healthcare. To be middle class in today’s America is to be poor.

    A large percentage of us are on public welfare programs like food stamps, section 8 housing, and SSI, because of low wages. Health insurance is unaffordable (mine is $450/month… contrast this to my $24/month auto insurance from Insurance Panda… or my $11/month life insurance). Two thirds of young adults have student loans to which they cannot pay back due to lack of good jobs in the community.

    It is a shame what the government of the greatest country in the world has become.

    I like how Trump doesn’t allow himself to be steamrollered by media types and won’t meekly accept their characterizations of his positions like some other Republican doormats of the past. He is very popular among the GOP voters and he is really soaring. His brash style and openness has won him praise and huge support, and he is the guy to beat now. Everywhere, Americans have been yearning for this for many years and they hugely welcome this.

  6. Mr. Donald Trump may not have the best way with words, but he’s gained a captive audience with the poor state of our nation?

    Supply and Demand is an unrelenting factor when you consider the illegal immigration invasion? Supply is what the GOP career Politicians covet, that I judge is wrapped up in a conspiracy with the Democrats? The supply for unending numbers of cheap labor, while the demand not only offers cheap labor, but a new demand for cars, apartments, furniture , appliance and a wide spectrum of what people want perpetually, when they hope to build a better life. However, this better life hurts millions in the population who came here legally. Thousand still wait patiently for the call from the State Dept for an entry visa. Several generations of new Americans who arrived here with papers are already suffering from lose of jobs and wages dropping, instead of rising. Lawful individuals came here with great expectations finding employment until the next surge of illegal alien’s appearing. The latest people arrive here with a dream as they will take lesser wages. It’s that vicious circle I am talking about? IT’S A MONEY MAKING MACHINE AND FOR THE LEFT ZEALOTS—ILLEGAL VOTING. But with hundreds of thousands people passing through the border, along come the criminals. While the mainstream hand themselves over to the Border Patrol are processed and under Obama’s illegal order released into the United States.

    Now we find out criminals are caught, convicted and released back out into the streets. That’s Obama’s illegal amnesty work for 167,527 illegal criminals. And the crimes they committed seem not to matter to King Obama and Homeland Security. Homicide, sex crimes, child pornography, drunk driving, robbery and kidnapping–and those are just for starters. In 2013 of the 36,000 criminal aliens were released back onto our streets, into our towns and cities, backyards and playgrounds 1,000 of them went on to commit new crimes–assault with a deadly weapon, lewd acts with a child, aggravated assault; those deported have returned. As we have seen with the murder of Kate Steinles in ‘Sanctuary City’ San Francisco.

    Click on (Fairus) Federation of American Immigration Reform Check out their index of thousands of criminal illegal aliens that have been released into our society, which is just a small portion and without a word to the unsuspecting public.


    The American People have been promised time and time again, to enforce the border, and it still wide open to the drug cartels, and illegal aliens. Then on our side of the border the same story we have been promised that employers who hire illegal workers would be held accountable, but it’s only a slight majority who gets a heavy fine and I have never heard of a business or corporation CEO going to prison. Oh! There was one a kosher meat packing plant owner, ended the other side of prison wall. It’s without any question in my mind, that there is some kind of collusion not to build a wall, what the major majority of what Americans demand this legislation. There is no excuse, when Obama’s government and previous administrations are splurging $60 to 100 billions annually. That kind of federal fund, could build a solid steel and concrete wall, or the double lay fencing signed into law in 1986 by former President George Bush and never materialized making Americans safe.

    The Democrats have a different purpose for the millions who come here and that is future voters, built upon CHAIN MIGRATION. (It refers to the endless chains of foreign nationals who are allowed to immigrate because citizens and lawful permanent residents are allowed to bring in their non-nuclear family members.) Females come here with intent on having a baby, an Anchor baby” is an uncomplimentary term for a child born in the United States to non-citizen parents; the child, an American citizen by jus soli, which can later facilitate immigration for relatives who would not otherwise qualify for permanent residence for family members who are still abroad. They come by jet, through land ports of entry, to drop their baby on our sovereign land, so they can collect a morally wrong U.S. passport. They are 40 percent ‘Overstays’ who visa becomes void, and they never return home to China, Mexico or anyplace else in the world. It’s probably the highest costs in catering to illegal aliens today, with no respite from this issue. It’s just another expense for the weighted down citizens to cover mounting expenditures. Pregnant and nursing mothers could receive free food vouchers through the federal WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program and enroll the children in Medicaid. It comes from Federal and state funds that should be dispersed to American workers, who have paid into the system of taxes since they were born or naturalized.

    Politicians as Jeb Bush are indoctrinated by the Wealthy Corporation, who pay their way with campaign contributions. Wall Street and the proverbial ‘K’ street lobbyists are corrupting the corridors of Congress with millions of dollars; either to buy time on TV stations or other advertising. The lawmaker’s money spirited into the complex system of overseas bank accounts, in the Cayman Islands or Jersey in the British Islands– where the IRS have no jurisdiction. Look into the opaque world of Hillary Clinton and her husband secret foundation which has many suspicious unanswered questions. There is no more trust in Washington, a slimy world of Quid Pro Quo scratching each others back for money and in the forefront–nepotism. It’s always been a place for unadulterated cronyism, where we have seen Obama his wasted billions of dollars to fund green and energy corporations that have quickly filed bankruptcy. Our country is in deadly peril from foreign aggressive countries, who want to see the fall of America. But bad polices as the IRAN treaty is not helping our survival. As I said before, Israel is not going to stay dormant, but will retaliate with any sudden move from an enemy who wants to kill Americans and wipe out Israel? Now that Cuba has come on the Scene, Obama and his Liberal mob are potentially giving away GITMO, our war prison. Our country has just the weakest negotiations you can imagine in our trade or normal relationships.

    Just look at all the trade agreements which are terrible policies, going back many years. Every trade treaty has been detrimental for America, with huge concessions that have drained dollars from us; jobs went offshore and only serve the wealthy mega corporations. Cheap labor brought to our soil, and cheap labor used in foreign lands. If we vote for the usual Attorney turned Politicians, nothing will ever change. I see only a slight light at the end of the encroaching tunnel and that is Donald Trump? He speaks his mind and he doesn’t hesitate to bite back from a caustic media and the Established GOP leadership. Senator John MCCain should have stayed silent and attributing to melee was not the way to go, saying that certain blocks of citizens were ‘crazies. I am an old military man, but I don’t consider myself as a ‘Crazy’? I want to hear the truth for a change? Not the same old propaganda from either party, supposedly in Congress to better our lives?

    The Left have their own consideration for piling into America an endless stream of illegal aliens? They are committed in their plot to overwhelm the institute of voting in our failing democracy? It is somewhere between Socialism and Communism; an anarchist society with people as Billionaire George Soros with his stealth spending to energize Super Pacs, pressing our country to allow everybody to vote, including illegal aliens. They have already had small successes in small jurisdictions in giving foreign nationals to vote in municipal towns. But in most elections there is substantial evidence that non-citizens are voting in only-citizen elections. It is rising poverty dilemma in the US, further caused by the entrance of people without means which we taxpayers support. California is now overwhelmed as to are Texas and the state of New York, that is having to pay extra taxes for the pandering of both political enterprises; as that what Congress is, in most part a money making machine for those who participate?

  7. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> says:

    Liberals hated McCain when he ran against Obama. They said he sucked, and wasn’t a hero. Now, when he can be used as a weapon against Hilary’s rivals, now he’s a great hero and a great guy. Maybe he should run again, and all the libs will vote for him…

    • peabody3000 says:

      i and just about everyone i know in my blue state metropolis voted for obama. we thought mccain sucked for picking sarah palin. and lets face it we were right

      • There are 160 million liberals in this country. We’re not lockstep like the republicans; not all of them have the same opinion. So yes it is possible that some of them do not like McCain and some of them do. At different times, different opinions surface in the media and on message boards. This is not hyprocrisy; it is diversity.

      • Mike Brill says:

        >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Nice try, but NO. Liberals may not have liked McCain, and may not have even respected him fully, but I never heard people on the left claiming he wasn’t a war hero.

  8. Cal says:

    He doesn’t think before he speaks. That alone would be disastrous. He’d be a terrible leader because he cannot see outside his own experience.

  9. cal says:

    I am tired of McCain. He is so mealy-mouthed. He should retire or move to Boston and run for his old buddy’s office (Ted Kennedy) as a Dem.

  10. Mark says:

    Hero, shmero. He picked sarah palin as a running mate, which renders his opinions as irrelevant as trump’s.

  11. Diana Mason says:

    I WANT a VA System that RESPECTS Veterans. I WANT a VA Health System that RESPECTS Veterans. I WANT a full, true accounting of The USS Liberty that RESPECTS Veterans. I WANT a Congressional Apology for The Blue/Brown Water Inaction that RESPECTS Veterans/Veterans’ Widows/ Veterans’ 1/2 an Orphaned Family Children.

  12. Natalie says:

    Trump is clueless and classless. Senator McCain is class all the way.

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