I came to this conclusion today as the reports come to light that Trump knocked the war service of Senator John McCain in a most flippant and callous manner.
Trump said that McCain is only a war hero because he was captured. "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," Trump said in a forum in Ames, Iowa. The crowd booed his response loudly.
I am no fan of John McCain's politics. I think McCain's foreign policy is misguided and wrong for our country. With that said, having read McCain's account of what he went through as a prisoner of war, I can come to no other conclusion that he is very much a war hero and deserves my deep respect for what he sacrificed.
On his 23rd combat mission, McCain, who had already survived the USS Forrestal disaster, was shot down and captured by North Vietnamese troops. His injuries left untreated, he was beaten and interrogated for days, spent two years in solitary confinement, and refused to be released when it was offered because all other POWs would not be released with him.
In total, McCain spent nearly six years as a POW. Senator McCain has been permanently disabled by his experience. He lives with the inability to raise his arms above shoulder height today because of it.
|John McCain as a POW|
This, of course, is not the first time Trump has said something completely outside the realm of decency. He's accused undocumented immigrants of being rapists, criminals, and disease-spreaders. He's also exploited the killing of a young woman in San Francisco by an undocumented immigrant to the point that even her family is speaking out against him.
Let's hope, for the good of our country, that this is the end of Donald Trump's effort to be President of the United States. He's been nothing but divisive, abrasive, and embarrassing to the Republican Party, the electoral process, and the United States of America.
He should immediately apologize to Senator McCain, all men and women that have served as Prisoners of War, and to all our heroes that have served, past and present. It's sad that a man who claims to want to be Chief Executive of the United States and Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces can be so oblivious as to what his job requires.
Maybe this will signify the end of Mr. Trump's political and business aspirations. I can't imagine anyone continuing to say he speaks truth now.