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Trump Defends Remarks Aimed At Senator McCain

Updated on July 22, 2015

Presidential candidate Donald Trump released yet another storm of criticism over remarks made on Senator John McCain.

'He is not a war hero,' Trump sniped about McCain, drawing a
mixture of boos and nervous laughter at the Family Leader Summit in the university town of Ames.'He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured, OK? I hate to tell you,' Trump said.

That set the storm off—social media, mainstream media and from other contenders for GOP nomination within hours of the remarks being said the press in all forms was hot.

Unlike the comments Trump made on Mexico and illegal immigration, where there was no question of his repulsive choice of words, on this occasion there was clearly context to what he said. It was a direct attack on Senator McCain as a politician citing the inconsistencies and debacle over Veteran affairs.

Investigative journalist Sheryl Attkinsson fact checked an article in the Washington Post headlined, “Trump slams McCain for being ‘captured’ in Vietnam.” and concludes... Trump actually said the opposite of what the Post lead sentence and video caption claim. The Post might have been able to get away stating that Trump “implied” McCain was not a war hero because McCain was captured, but even that would have been a subjective interpretation since Trump had actually stated the opposite.

In all fairness Senator McCain was vocal about the miss management of the Veteran Affairs health care in May 2014

"Decent care for our veterans is among the most solemn obligations a nation incurs, and we will be judged by God and history by how well we discharge ours..." Senator McCain.

But amidst all the juicy Trump headlines the real issue that brought about this storm seemed to have evaporated. None of the other candidates have taken the opportunity to address or challenge the shortcomings Veterans in America are experiencing. It is about job competency and not about who has a shiny meddle or bigger tower, both of which are great achievements but are besides the point.

The way in which the mainstream media jumped on the band wagon, presumably because it made good headlines, will more likely result in losing more credibility by the public, increase Trumps popularity and send the contending GOP candidates into a tail spin.

Despite the backlash and the surge on media coverage over Trumps remarks and reactions from GOP contenders as well as McCain, it appears Trumps polling performance is going well all things considered. This may not entirely reflect an audience that agrees with everything Trump is saying but his audacity to stand by what he says especially when reporting from the mainstream media appears less than conflate a story from a sound bite.

Meanwhile as Trump’s opponents scramble to distance themselves from his toxic trails, what we might see begin to happen is a change on issues that contenders will bring up on their campaigns, more than likely not the same ones Trump is running.

For example on Monday Jeb Bush’s camp announced they would be tackling the Bureaucracy in Washington. This is breath of fresh air coming from the GOP camp and has a potential of reeling in a great number of supporters that feel big government is intrusive, suffocating and wasteful. Bureaucracy covers a large scope, so issues such as immigration that fall under it’s umbrella can be addressed when they come up but it’s not the core issue they are running and therefor they don’t need to exhaust their resources cleaning up the splatter Trump leaves behind.

Like it or not Trump and his tongue of death is whipping the GOP in to something yet to be determined but taking it out of the “more of the same” rhetoric and that a good thing.

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