FACT CHECK: The Leftist Press Misrepresents Donald Trump’s “war hero” Remarks About John McCain While Republicans Dump on Trump

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I could give former CBS News reporter Sharyl AtKISSon a great big KISS. She’s fact checked the bullsh*t the press is pushing out about what Donald Trump said about John McCain not being a war hero.

Guess what? The bullsh*t is a huge stinking pile of it.

The press is really quite frightened of Mr. Trump because he tells the truth. Republicans of note jumped all over the Donald, demanding he leave the race. LOL. What imbeciles!

Following Sharyl’s fact checking, I’ve posted an excerpt from a highly negative story about Mr. Trump from the UK’s Guardian.

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Excerpt from Sharyl Attkisson

An article in the Washington Post today is headlined, “Trump slams McCain for being ‘captured’ in Vietnam.”

The article’s lead sentence states, “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a decorated Vietnam War veteran, on Saturday by saying McCain was not a war hero because he was captured by the North Vietnamese [emphasis added].”

Is this report accurate?

In fact, Trump’s actual quote is the opposite of what is presented in the Post’s first sentence.

Discussion

1. The Post did not provide context at the outset disclosing that McCain and Trump have been feuding, with McCain characterizing some Trump supporters as “crazies” and Trump stating that McCain graduated last in his class in Annapolis. The charged rhetoric continued at the conservative Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa this weekend.

2. When a panelist characterized McCain as a “war hero,” the Post is accurate in reporting that Trump initially said McCain is “not a war hero.” But then, Trump immediately modified his statement saying– four times– that McCain is a war hero:

“He is a war hero.”

“He’s a war hero because he was captured.”

“He’s a war hero, because he was captured.”

“I believe, perhaps, he’s a war hero. But right now, he’s said some very bad things about a lot of people.”

3. Did Trump say McCain is not a war hero because he was captured? No, not in the exchanges represented in the Post.

4. Is the Post’s characterization an accident? It would appear not, because it is repeated in the Post’s caption of the video clip, which also states: “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a decorated Vietnam war veteran, was not a war hero because he was captured by the North Vietnamese [emphasis added].”

Further, in the Post’s second sentence, Trump is quoted as stating of McCain, “He’s not a war hero…He’s a war hero because he was captured,” but the article selectively left out the phrase Trump had uttered in between: “He is a war hero.”

Conclusion

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.

It’s true that Trump stated one time that McCain is not a war hero. But Trump stated four times that McCain is a war hero–and that was not accurately characterized in the article.

Excerpt from The Guardian

Donald Trump attacked the Arizona senator John McCain on Saturday, for being shot down while a navy pilot during the Vietnam war.

Trump, who has been in a war of words with the 2008 Republican nominee, jibed of McCain: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured? I like people who weren’t captured.”

His words prompted a strong response from Republican candidates for president in 2016 – more immediate and forceful, indeed, than such reactions to Trump’s recent comments on Mexico and immigration.

The former Texas governor Rick Perry said the remarks represented “a new low in American politics” and demanded that Trump “immediately withdraw from the race for president”.

McCain was held prisoner by North Vietnam for five and a half years, and repeatedly tortured. Trump received several student deferments from Vietnam while in college. After graduating, he received a medical deferment.

Trump’s remarks came in a question-and-answer session at the Family Leadership Summit, a gathering of social conservatives in Ames, Iowa, at which a number of Republican presidential candidates were scheduled to appear. Amid continuing controversy over his remarks about Mexico and immigration, Trump is running at the top of most polls of the 15-strong field.

His jibe at McCain came in the midst of back-and-forth remarks between the two, in which McCain claimed the attendees at a recent Trump event in Arizona were “crazies”.

Who’s crazy?

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7 thoughts on “FACT CHECK: The Leftist Press Misrepresents Donald Trump’s “war hero” Remarks About John McCain While Republicans Dump on Trump

  1. I hope Trump sues the libelous Post and the Guardian.

    Has Songbird McCain ever claimed war reparations from the Germans for torturing him in WWII and turning him into soap and a lampshade?

    Real war heroes are quiet and modest, and mostly are killed in action. If you meet a boastful war hero like McCain know that you are dealing with a liar. Many prisinoers of war who escape are heroes. They are also fools in my opinion, desperate to give the enemy more chances to kill them. McCain did not escape nor try to as far as I know. He sang loud and often to the enemy.

  2. Regardless, John McCain really isn’t a war hero. Did he save anyone’s life? No. He was shot down, then captured. Just because he was held captive doesn’t make him a war hero. Oh, supposedly, he was tortured, but others with him say they were not. No torture is difficult to believe, though.

    He admitted bribing his captors, “If you take me to a hospital, I will tell you what you want to know.” Allegedly, he gave them U.S. North Vietnam military targets and interestingly around that time they began shooting U.S. planes down attempting to hit those targets so much it had to be scrapped. There was such an uproar from Vietnam Vets, they formed a group to expose McCain during his presidential candidacy. McCain fought tooth and nail to keep it quiet. Guess he won. I never heard anything about it. All of his medals were given to him only because he was held captive.

    Trump is right when he said McCain had low grades at Annapolis, actually fifth from the bottom. How did he become a Senator?

    To think I voted for him. Feel like taking a bath!

  3. The best option would be if McCain would retire. However, I am a bit angry with Donald’s over talkativeness, often quite careless. I am betting on him, but I fear he will lose thanks to his loud mouth. Trump as politician has personality that works against him. Scoring on one side to lose it soon on the other side is wasting of our hopes. I am afraid he can’t control situations, he always let himself falling in all kind of traps, which even weren’t there, until he created them. As someone who dodged Vietnam draft, he should be very careful with opinions about vets or Military affairs in general. Booby traps are nasty traps for boobies, where even non-boobies can easily become boobies, particularly political.

    • Other than Trump, notice no one calling out John McCain for what he said, which was worse saying those who voted for him were ‘crazies.’ Is that what he thinks of his constituents? Rather than wondering why they were following Trump and, as their Senator, how he failed them, he thinks they are crazy!

      • IMO, McCain is irrelevant to Donald on his way to get elected. To draw a parallel with walking on a sidewalk and accidentally stepping on a dogs poop. Everybody near you, including you will focus in that very moment on this crappy event, and you will have to waste some time and embarrassment to get rid of that unpleasant burden. McCain was just that unpleasant burden that Tramp stepped on, and now all adversaries are deliriously focused on that event.

  4. Trump had best leave the campaign while he still has something left to salvage.
    If he get’s out now, he can recoup his losses because money is the bottom line,
    and he can be “forgiven” because he is no longer a threat.
    If he stays in, they are going to turn him into a laughingstock and a train wreck.
    To save face he might launch a 3rd party run and he will be forever known as the person
    who helped Hillary get elected.

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