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:
This @realDonaldTrump statement is…something pic.twitter.com/4fqMEKk5RN
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) July 18, 2015
Condemnation has been flying around at lightning speeds across social media for the low blow. Here are just a few samples:
RNC Statement via @seanspicer in response to Donald Trump’s comments on @SenJohnMcCain : http://t.co/OHLBjbTybp — RNC (@GOP) July 18, 2015
.@SenJohnMcCain is an American hero & all POW’s deserve our nation’s highest debt of gratitude. @realDonaldTrump‘s comments are disgraceful.
— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) July 18, 2015
Enough with the slanderous attacks. @SenJohnMcCain and all our veterans – particularly POWs have earned our respect and admiration. — Jeb Bush (@JebBush) July 18, 2015
At the heart of @realDonaldTrump statement is a lack of respect for those who have served – a disqualifying characteristic to be president
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 18, 2015
John McCain is an American hero. I have nothing but respect for his service to our country. — Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) July 18, 2015
After Donald Trump spends six years in a POW camp, he can weigh in on John McCain’s service
— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) July 18, 2015
My msg for Donald Trump abt John McCain http://t.co/rLCJ8B6LiS – this bs will make America great again?… http://t.co/0ctYplJipt — Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) July 18, 2015
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