Republican Senator John McCain, whose status of a war hero was called into question by Donald Trump during the latter’s presidential campaign, has responded to the American president in a very personal way, mocking Trump’s draft deferments during the Vietnam War.
“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-income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur,” McCain said in a C-SPAN interview on Sunday.
It’s no coincidence the senator mentioned a bone spur though. During the Vietnam War, Trump received a total of five deferments during the Vietnam War, four of which were for his studies and one for bone spurs in his heel.
He added, “That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”
McCain, a Vietnam veteran, was shot down while on a bombing raid in 1967 and captured by the North Vietnamese. He was a prisoner of war until 1973.
During his presidential campaign, Trump said in July 2015 that McCain was not a war hero because he was “captured.”
“I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said.
In an interview in September 2017, McCain said that Trump never apologized to him, stressing that the two are “very different people” with “different life experiences.”