Trump responds to backlash after mocking McCain’s war hero status: ‘I like people that weren’t captured’

Donald Trump prefers war heroes who don’t get captured.

He said so at at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, where he slipped the shocking comment into a longer rant about ex-POW Sen. John McCain. The two have been in a tense public battle over the past few weeks and Trump felt the need to unload.

“He is not a war hero,” Trump told pollster Frank Luntz, who was facilitating the informal interview.

“He is a war hero,” Luntz insisted of the man who spent more than five years as a war prisoner.

“He is a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said. “I like people that weren’t captured, OK? I hate to tell you. He is a war hero because he was captured. OK, you can have — I believe perhaps he is a war hero.”

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Team Trump quickly released the following statement to try to manage the backlash, although he isn’t known to worry much about the aftermath of his bombshell statements:

  Condemnation has been flying around at lightning speeds across social media for the low blow. Here are just a few samples:

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