[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Real estate mogul and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has been in the news cycle almost constantly after the controversial remarks he made in his criticism of RINO Arizona Senator John McCain. As he spoke about McCain, after the senator referred to those who attended the Trump rally in Phoenix earlier in July as crazies, Trump said of McCain, “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I prefer people who weren’t captured.”[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]McCain became a prisoner of war (POW) for five and a half years during the Vietnam war after his plane was shot down over Hanoi. Trump faced intense criticism following his statement with many stating that he owed an apology to all POWs. Others, including fellow GOP presidential candidates Rick Perry and Marco Rubio, said that Trump should withdraw from the race because his comments about veterans, specifically POWs, disqualified him from holding the Office of the Presidency.
But, a new poll by YouGov will come as a shock to those who have said Trump’s comment about McCain would hurt him among veterans.
The poll, conducted through Wednesday, finds that veterans currently in the military, 53% view Trump favorably while only 41% view McCain favorably. Among the same group, 49% view McCain unfavorably compared to 42% for Trump.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]Veterans for a Strong America released a statement on July 18 in support of Trump, acknowledging that he did clarify his remarks and was not attacking all POWs as well as acknowledge that Trump did end up stating that McCain is a war hero.
However, they were also extremely critical of McCain for beginning the fight and attempted to redirect the conversation regarding veterans to what is most important, the VA death list on which veterans are forced and border security.
“Donald Trump was recently extremely well received in Arizona while discussing national security and border security. Senator John McCain’s reaction to Mr. Trump’s success in Arizona is instructive in that it belies a concern the Senator clearly has about how his stance on issues like immigration are perceived by his constituents.
The feuding between Mr. Trump and Senator McCain has nothing to do with Mr. Trump’s high regard for the military or veterans as a whole. Mr. Trump is supporter of the U.S. military and of America’s veterans. It is well known that when Mr. Trump is attacked by a detractor, he swings back. As veterans, we do not hide behind military service to deflect criticism, and when Senator McCain attacked, Mr. Trump hit back.
We are glad that Mr. Trump has clarified his remarks to acknowledge that Senator McCain is a war hero. But, Senator McCain is also a politician and what Donald Trump has tapped into is that people just don’t trust politicians and the slow pace the Congress is moving in addressing critical issues like border security, veteran’s issues and military funding. Donald Trump has a history of calling out people and groups that don’t deliver results. There are clearly problems that are being identified by Donald Trump, that are not being adequately addressed by the political leadership in Congress and the Administration today.
Phraseology aside, what the American people are really concerned about is how 250,000 veterans – who are also heroes – were put onto a VA death list, why 40,000 active troops are going to receive pink slips over the next four years and why border security is not addressed even as our porous border results in more financial strain on our country and southern border states’ budgets.”
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