Donald Trump explained to an audience that McCain, “[Is] not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” The response was a mixture of clapping, gasps, and boos. To which Trump immediately said, “I guess he’s a hero.”
Political stars within the Republican party, especially Presidential candidates, jumped to John McCain’s defence.
United States Senator Rand Paul explained that while he might not always see eye to eye with John McCain, he appreciates “his service and the sacrifices he made for our country.” Neurosurgeon Ben Carson refused to side with either McCain or Trump, explaining, “I believe Sen. McCain has done some wonderful things.” Ted Cruz refused to bash Donald Trump but tweeted, “John McCain is an American hero. Although we have some policy disagreements, I’m proud to serve alongside him.”
Others were quick to pounce on Donald Trump. Scott Walker, early frontrunner in Iowa, “unequivocally denounce[d] him.” Rick Perry went so far to call on Donald Trump to withdraw from the race for President, explaining that his attack “on veterans make him unfit to be Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, and he should immediately withdraw from the race for President.”
With the mixture of backlash and media bias pouring through the airwaves, Liberty Guy’s poll simply asked if people agreed with Donald Trump’s statement. The poll concluded that 66.7% of respondents did not agree with that statement while 33.3% did agree with it.