GOP frontrunner Donald Trump continued his attacks on fellow Republicans by mocking 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain’s military background, saying “He’s a war hero ’cause he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”
Speaking with host Frank Luntz, Trump returned fire at McCain who earlier criticized the bombastic businessman for “firing up the crazies” last weekend during a rally in his home state of Arizona.
“He’s a war hero cause he was captured!” Trump said, before adding, “I like people that weren’t captured” causing the audience to laugh.
Trump continued, “He’s a war hero, but right now he said some very bad things about a lot of people. So what I said was, ‘John McCain, I disagree with him they are crazy.’ And, very importantly — I speak the truth — he graduated last in his class at Annapolis. So I said ‘nobody knows that.’ That he graduated last or second to last, and he was upset, and I said ‘For what? Telling the truth?'”
McCain was shot down over Hanoi in 1967 and remained a POW until 1973, during which he time he was tortured and refused repatriation back to the US while leaving his fellow servicemen behind.
For his part, Trump avoided military service during the war, receiving multiple deferments.
Earlier in the week, Trump took some shots at Republican rival Rick Perry, saying the former governor of Texas should be required to take an IQ test before being allowed into the GOP debates.
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"These unprovoked attacks a warrant retaliatory strikes," he added. "We can make a military response in the time and matter of our choosing."
"A retaliatory strike?" Brennan pressed. "As someone who sits in Congress, do you believe that he can act, the administration can act without coming to Congress first?"
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Asked about the Trump comments, the former Republican senator rolled his eyes at the notion of Russians making overtures to presidential candidates.
"That is not how it would come," Santorum asserted. "No foreign government could come to your campaign and say 'I'm the Russian government --'" he began before the entire panel exploded.
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"Number one, I was never going to fire Mueller," Trump insisted. "I never suggested firing Mueller."
"That's not what [the special counsel] says," the ABC host interrupted.