The battle between McCain and Trump just entered the next round. Arizona Sen. John McCain took a jab at President Trump in a recent interview about the Vietnam War by going after draft deferments granted disproportionately to the wealthy.
“One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never, ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest level would get a doctor to say they had a bone spur,” McCain said during an interview that aired on C-SPAN 3 on Sunday. “That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve,” McCain continued.
The president was given five deferments from the draft during the Vietnam War. Four were granted because Trump was in college. But in the fall 1968, Trump was given a deferment because he was diagnosed with a bone spur in the heel of his foot.
Sen. John McCain became a naval aviator and flew nearly two dozen missions during the Vietnam War. On his last mission in October of 1967, he was shot down over Hanoi. McCain was held in North Vietnamese prisons until March 1973.
McCain’s words about deferment are just the latest in a battle with Trump. In July 2015, Trump denied that McCain was a war hero. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Iowa.
McCain aimed Trump earlier this week when he criticized “half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems.” McCain’s made these remarks during a speech in which he accepted the Liberty Medal.
Trump retaliated in a radio interview saying, “people have to be careful because at some point I fight back.”
“I’m being very nice. I’m being very, very nice. But at some point, I fight back, and it won’t be pretty,” Trump told conservative radio host Chris Plante.
McCain’s counter-punch aimed at Trump’s deferment came in an interview the following day.
What do you think about the sparring between these two political fighters?
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