Arizona Senator John McCain has made his hatred for President Trump well known.
Since the beginning of Trump’s presidential campaign, he has done everything in his power to attack the President.
But after his latest disgusting attack, John McCain was left eating his words.
“Republican Senator” John McCain took a shot at President Trump for supposedly “dodging” the draft for the Vietnam War.
In the interview on C-SPAN 3, McCain stated:
“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 level would get a doctor to 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,”
The attack was clearly targeted at the President, who had received five deferments from the draft during the Vietnam War.
There’s only one problem with McCain trying to call President Trump a draft dodger. He wasn’t.
While four of the deferments were granted because Trump was in college, the last deferment was because Trump had been diagnosed with a bone spur in the heel of his foot.
According to Politifact, deferments weren’t an unusual thing during that time, and millions of people received deferments simply for being disqualified, much like Trump had been.
As reported by BizPac Review:
“It was enough to throw a lot of shade at President Trump and try and cast him as a “draft-dodger,” but it also left out a LOT. First of all, deferments weren’t an unusual thing during that time. According to Politifact, “In the course of the Vietnam War, about 15.4 million men received deferments, were exempted or disqualified. In contrast to those millions, the government charged 210,000 people with draft violations, ranging from burning their draft cards to refusing to serve to fleeing the country.” Politifact continues:
Trump received his fourth and final college deferment on 16 January 1968. After graduating from Wharton, he was reclassified 1-A on 9 July 1968. Trump underwent an Armed Forces physical examination (with a result listed only as “DISQ”) on 19 September 1968 and was reclassified 1-Y (qualified for service only in time of war or national emergency) on 15 October 1968.
According to a statement from the Trump campaign, the 1-Y classification stemmed from Trump’s having bone spurs in both heels:
“While attending the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School of Finance, Mr. Trump received a minor medical deferment for bone spurs on both heels of his feet. The medical deferment was expected to be short-term and he was therefore entered in the military draft lottery, where he received an extremely high number, 356 out of 365.””
This is clearly just another thin-veiled attempt at attacking the President on the part of McCain.
McCain has already this year proven himself nothing more than an obstructionist of Trump’s agenda.
Between his backhanded attacks and insults, McCain has already killed some form of Obamacare repeal twice this year, angering his constituents.
It’s a good thing for McCain that he will never run again, because much like Arizona’s other Senator, Jeff Flake, he would have no chance.
Sen. Flake saw the writing on the wall and chose not to run again in 2018.
If McCain were up in 2018, it’s likely he’d have done the same.
Do you think McCain should retire before his term ends?
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