• Republicans PILE ON Donald Trump For Criticizing John McCain’s War Record

    Conservatives have never been fans of John McCain. But they’ve always respected his military credentials and have considered him a war hero for what he endured for this country as a POW.

    But that’s unearned praise, according to Donald Trump.

    Donald Trump ignited a political firestorm Saturday by questioning whether Sen. John McCain — who spent over five years as a prisoner during the Vietnam War — is a war hero.

    By mid-afternoon, Trump tried to walk back his blunder on Twitter, saying “captured or not, all our soldiers are heroes!”

    But his attempt at damage control seemed unlikely to diminish the anger his remarks had caused. They provoked an immediate outcry from his 2016 presidential rivals and the Republican National Committee, which has expressed concern about the impact his controversial remarks on immigration have had on the GOP brand.

    The controversy began when Trump, speaking at a question-and-answer session at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, commented on McCain, with whom he’s recently feuded over illegal immigration.

    “He is not a war hero,” Trump told pollster Frank Luntz, who was hosting the session.

    “He is a war hero,” Luntz interjected.

    “He is a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said, cutting him off. “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.”

    Did Trump go too far?

    His fellow presidential contenders think so:

    Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Lindsey Graham also released similar statements.

    So what do you think — did Trump cross the line?


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