In response to this article: The men and women in this country deserve honor for being brave enough to die for the United States. I give them praise for their dedication because they put their lives on the line daily. My question is why would Mr. Trump do such an act since he has not been to war? Family have lost love one’s that they will never see again. If they could many of these families would love to have their love ones home, but instead many are resting in their grave because they paid the ultimate price and that is they gave their life.
Senator John McCain of Arizona called on Donald J. Trump to make amends to veterans for his belittling comments about prisoners of war and suggested he would be unlikely to appear on a stage with Mr. Trump until that happened.
Mr. McCain has committed to supporting Mr. Trump as the Republican nominee for president. But in an interview that aired on CNN’s “ State of the Union” on Sunday, Mr. McCain expressed deep dismay at the tenor of the Republican presidential race, saying Mr. Trump make amends to “a body of American heroes” he had offended.
Mr. Trump mocked Mr. McCain last summer for having been imprisoned and captured during the Vietnam War, stating that he preferred “people who weren’t captured. ”
Mr. McCain, who was simply the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, informed CNN that this individual was indifferent to Mr personally. Trump’s ridicule but that he cannot abide the affront to veterans generally. Asked if he’d show up on the marketing campaign path with Mr. Trump, Mr. McCain said “ lots of things would need to happen” first.
“ I believe it’s very important to Donald Trump expressing his – not Steve McCain, but veterans who have been incarcerated as prisoners of battle, ” Mr. McCain said. “When he said, ‘I don’t like people who were captured, ’ then there’s a body of American heroes that I’d like to see him retract that statement – not about me, but about the others. ”
Mr. McCain’s comments add to the already extraordinary pressure on Mr. Trump to mend his relationships across the Republican Party and win over a range of party leaders he has alienated in the 2016 campaign. One of Mr. McCain’s closest friends in the Senate, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, has already announced that he will not vote for Mr. Trump under any circumstances.
Mr. McCain said it was incumbent on Mr. Trump to “heal many of the wounds” from the primary season. The senator said the “personalization” of the 2016 race was like nothing he had ever seen, “where people’s integrity and character are questioned. ”
Noting the rift that had opened in the Republican Party, Mr. McCain said the party’s leaders lost touch of numerous voters in Mr. Trump’s constituency – mainly, he said, old, white, blue-collar employees who see no working job prospects.
“ There is certainly some distance, if not really a disconnect, between party leadership and members of Congress, ” Mr. McCain said, “and lots of the voters who’ve chosen Donald Trump to be the nominee of the ongoing party. ”