READ: Sen. James Inhofe Says John McCain Is ‘Partially to Blame for That Because He Is Very Outspoken. He Disagreed With the President’


McCain was a prisoner of war for nearly six years. He was offered early release, but since the code of conduct’s policy was that prisoners of war be released in the order that they were captured, McCain chose to remain behind, despite continuous imprisonment and torture.

While many would agree that these actions made McCain a hero, Trump has refused to acknowledge this for over a decade.

He made the claim in 1999 that McCain wasn’t a hero because he was captured:

And again in 2015, during his presidential campaign:

Trump received a total of five draft deferments for the same war in which McCain fought. Yet, McCain was measured in his response.

McCain accused Trump of “firing up the crazies” by espousing belligerent anti-immigrant rhetoric during the 2016 campaign. Trump fired back on Twitter, calling McCain a dummy.

In the court of public opinion, however, McCain appears to reign supreme.

Even among those who usually side with Trump.

Senator Inhofe’s statements in defense of Trump almost certainly won’t bode well for his reputation. Trump, in his attempts to besmirch John McCain’s character to the American people, seems to have only succeeded in revealing his own.

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