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John McCain takes a cheap swipe at Trump for ‘draft-dodging,’ but leaves out a LOT of facts

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If you thought the longstanding feud between John McCain and President Trump couldn’t possibly get any hotter, think again.

Trump has landed his share of punches, but it was the Arizona senator who fired the most recent shot on Sunday during an appearance on C-SPAN 3 in which he managed to disparage the president for “dodging” the Vietnam war draft without actually mentioning his name.

“One aspect of the conflict by the way that I will never ever countenance,” McCain said, “is that we drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur. That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”

It was enough to throw a lot of shade at President Trump and try and cast him as a “draft-dodger,” but it also left out a LOT. First of all, deferments weren’t an unusual thing during that time. According to Politifact, “In the course of the Vietnam War, about 15.4 million men received deferments, were exempted or disqualified. In contrast to those millions, the government charged 210,000 people with draft violations, ranging from burning their draft cards to refusing to serve to fleeing the country.” Politifact continues:

Trump received his fourth and final college deferment on 16 January 1968. After graduating from Wharton, he was reclassified 1-A on 9 July 1968. Trump underwent an Armed Forces physical examination (with a result listed only as “DISQ”) on 19 September 1968 and was reclassified 1-Y (qualified for service only in time of war or national emergency) on 15 October 1968.

According to a statement from the Trump campaign, the 1-Y classification stemmed from Trump’s having bone spurs in both heels:

“While attending the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School of Finance, Mr. Trump received a minor medical deferment for bone spurs on both heels of his feet. The medical deferment was expected to be short-term and he was therefore entered in the military draft lottery, where he received an extremely high number, 356 out of 365.”

Nobody knows exactly what Trump was thinking during that time, so it’s unfair to cast aspersions. Especially considering a certain other former president literally jumped through every possible hoop to avoid service. According to left-leaning Snopes, “That Bill Clinton went to great lengths to avoid the Vietnam-era draft, that he used political connections to obtain special favors, and that he made promises and commitments which he later failed to honor, are all beyond dispute.”

Granted, Trump calling McCain “not a war hero” towards the beginning of his presidential campaign likely started it all, but since Republicans swept all Congress and the Presidency it seems like the Arizona senator has done everything possible to thwart Trump’s agenda.

At an Arizona rally, Trump referenced McCain’s deciding ‘no’ vote on healthcare reform: “One vote away,”  Trump said. “I will not mention any names. Very presidential, isn’t it? One vote. Speak to your senator. Please, speak to your senator.”

So, how about it, McCain? Why are you so hellbent on “winning” your war with Trump that you’re willing to sink the rest of America in the process?

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