Trump Ridicules John McCain for His Vietnam War Injuries, McCain’s Daughter Fires Back

Donald Trump is facing backlash for once again mocking former senator and Navy officer John McCain. The ex-president was recorded making fun of the politician’s arm injury, which he sustained during his time in the Vietnam War.

No holding back

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Trump held nothing back as he took to the stand in Iowa. As well as mocking former President Barack Obama, the Republican took a dig at McCain, who passed away in 2018. “Obamacare is a catastrophe. Nobody talks about it, you know, without John McCain, we would have had it done,” he began.

Insult to injury

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“But John McCain for some reason couldn’t get his arm up,” Trump continued, ridiculing McCain for his arm injury. “That was the end of that.”

McCain’s traumatic past

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In 1967, during his time as a Navy officer in the Vietnam War, McCain was shot down and sustained severe injuries. He was then held captive by North Vietnamese soldiers for over five years. As a result of the experience, McCain was left with a disability that meant he was unable to raise his arms above his shoulders.

Spectators outraged

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Trump’s comments, which make light of this traumatic experience, were met with widespread shock and outrage as the world responded.

McCain’s daughter fires back

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Meghan McCain, John McCain’s daughter, fired back in an X post that read, “My dad was an American hero. An icon. A patriot that will be remembered throughout history. I cannot buy a bagel without someone approaching me about how much they loved and miss him.”

Meghan gets personal

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Revealing the extent of her disgust with Trump, Meghan went on to call the ex-president an “election denying, huckster whose own wife won’t campaign with him.”

McGrath reacts

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Speaking to Ali Velshi on MSNBC, Amy McGrath, co-founder of Operation Saving Democracy, shared her thoughts on the ex-president’s outburst. “I think he has a personal vendetta against John McCain. I mean even in death,” she said. “Why? Well, John McCain is a thousand times the man that Donald Trump is in terms of honor, character, and integrity.”

A sign of toxic masculinity?

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Velshi was also joined by New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay, who agreed with McGrath’s comments. “This is just such an example of toxic masculinity from the former president. I mean, talk about an insecurity,” said Gay. “This is not what real men need to do, and I think it’s pathetic.”

Trump is not for America

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Gay also took the opportunity to make a broader point about Trump’s campaign. “What we see is that Trumpism has nothing to do with loving America,” she argued. “It’s about worshipping Donald Trump. This man doesn’t care about America or Americans. He saw the presidency as a way to profit.”

Trump’s anti-soldier past

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This is not the first time Trump has been criticized for ridiculing U.S. soldiers. In 2018, after refusing to visit a Paris cemetery, the ex-president allegedly called soldiers who died in World War I “losers” and “suckers.”

More disparaging remarks

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Trump also caused a stir back in 2015 when he said of McCain, “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”

Voters must remember Trump’s words

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McGrath told Velshi that it’s important to remind voters of the many disparaging comments he has made toward soldiers. “We have to remind them that he wouldn’t go to the graves of those Marines and soldiers that died for us in the greatest generation,” she said. “He wouldn’t go to their graves in Europe because he didn’t want to get wet.”


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