Opinion: Trump v. McCain

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Posted by Madeline Head

Back in July of 2015, President Donald Trump stated in reference to McCain, “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”


CNN reported that McCain spent almost six years in a North Vietnamese prison camp, where he was tortured and beaten. He suffered injuries that don’t allow him to raise his arms above shoulder height.


You may ask why is this relevant? It is important to know how President Donald Trump treated the Senator of Arizona and how the Senator responded.


John McCain stated during the weekend over a C-Span interview,


“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 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.


This would be an attack on President Donald Trump who avoided the Vietnam draft due to a doctor’s note, claiming bone spur. CNN noted that President Donald Trump received five deferments during the Vietnam War including one for bone spurs.


In July, Senator McCain came back to Congress to vote against President Donald Trump’s repeal the Affordable Care Act. He has disagreed with countless of decisions and plans of President Donald Trump’s administration.


Senator McCain recently told Times, “I’m doing what I think is right for the country. I don’t work for Donald Trump, and I don’t work for his administration.


Senator McCain has spoken of their variance of ethics as reported by Newsweek, in a 60 Minutes interview, “He is in the business of making money, and he has been successful…I was raised in a military family. I was raised in the concept and belief that duty, honor, country is the lodestar for the behavior that we have to exhibit every single day.”


Senator McCain, who is held in high esteem, has had some serious issues with President Donald Trump’s words and actions. President Donald Trump has outwardly attacked and mocked Senator McCain as well as stated, “I’m being very nice. I’m being very, very nice. But at some point, I fight back, and it won’t be pretty.”

To which Senator McCain responded, “I’ve faced far greater challenges than this.”


Do you believe they are at war? Do you believe one of them is in the wrong? Is Senator McCain overstepping…?


McCain is looking to speak the truth from here on out. Some say it is because of his old age and probably his last run in the Senate while others believe it is because he is in the fight of his life.


“Even if John were not ill, with his experience and age, there is a part of you that I think begins to focus on your legacy,” said former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., as reported by The New York Times, a close friend of Mr. McCain’s. But with cancer, Mr. Biden said, “he’s in the fight of his life, and he knows it.”

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