Recently, Donald Trump’s been accused of ‘attacking’ McCain, by claiming, “He’s not a war hero. He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
Trumps comment came after McCain claimed in a New Yorker article that Trump, “…fired up the crazies,” during a rally the GOP presidential candidate attended in McCain’s home state of Arizona. Conveniently though, many have forgotten how John McCain’s ‘war hero’ status has been misused over the years by those seeking to further their Progressive careers.
In his 2004 book, “Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them,” current Senator Al Franken describes a 1999 speech he gave to the White House News Photographers Association where he claims to have said the same thing as Trump.
“Hey, I like John McCain. And I really think he’s courageous. I mean, his stance on campaign finance reform and tobacco. Wow. That takes guts. But this whole ‘war hero’ thing — I don’t get it. I mean, as far as I’m concerned, he sat out the war. I mean, anyone can get captured! Am I wrong, but isn’t the idea to capture the other guy?”
Jump forward to an August 3, 2008 post in the’ DailyKos:’ “It’s time to take a good look at John McCain’s time in the Navy. My case is that McCain is not a hero at all, but an accidental bumbler with bad luck.”
Then there’s an April 10, 2008 post from the website ‘Jim Marrs:’ “I have never in my long life seen propaganda as blatant and untrue as the ceaseless barrage of lies proclaiming John McCain as a hero. Nothing could be farther from the truth.”
Finally, there’s the July 2008 ‘Democratic Underground’ post: “Of all the b——t in which McCain’s candidacy is grounded, none’s more offensive to me than the “war hero” crap. Actually, offensive doesn’t begin to capture it. Insane is more the word.”
Not only did future Senators and bloggers question McCain’s ‘hero’ status, so did then-presidential candidate and retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark, who said, “Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.”
Clark also tossed his hat into the 2004 presidential race, where his rival, then-Senator John Kerry’s top national security adviser Rand Beers claimed that because McCain was in “isolation” during much of the Vietnam war, his national security experience is “sadly limited.”
Beers added that McCain’s limitations are reflected in “some of the ways he thinks about the ways in which US forces might be committed to conflicts around the world.”
Progressives only defend McCain when they can use him to further their agenda.