Senator John McCain has spent the past week attacking and threatening Donald Trump every chance he’s gotten. He’s called Trump “half baked” and “unpatriotic.” He’s vowed to use subpoenas and blocked appointments in order to expose Trump’s Niger scandal and coverup. Now McCain, a war hero and prisoner of war in Vietnam, is hitting Trump in a manner that’s clearly personal to him.
McCain has given an interview as part of a new documentary about the Vietnam War. When it came to who fought in the war and who didn’t, he pulled no punches (link). He said “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. That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.” There is no real question as to what – and whom – McCain is referring.
Donald Trump famously got a doctor to diagnose him with bone spurs, as an excuse to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War. Trump then quickly went on to participate in college athletics, making clear that there was nothing seriously wrong with his foot to begin with. McCain could have invoked any questionable deferment excuse, but he specifically chose bone spurs. Considering that timing, this is a clear dig at Trump’s fraudulent draft dodging.
John McCain continues to attack Donald Trump in rather specific fashion, while generally avoiding using his name. It seems to be McCain’s way of saying ‘I’m coming for you’ before ultimately dropping the hammer on him. Considering the manner in which McCain is now openly taunting Trump, it’s enough to make you stop and ask just what McCain has up his sleeve. We may not have to wait long.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report