Who actually owes vets an apology McCain or Trump?

John McCain, appearing Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” said that Donald Trump needs to “heal many of the wounds” he opened during the initial phase of his presidential campaign. “I think it’s obvious there has to be outreach on his part to heal many of the wounds. Frankly, I have never seen a campaign like this one, where people’s integrity and character are questioned.” One group that needs an apology, McCain said, are prisoners of war. 

In July 2015, Trump appeared at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa and said McCain is “a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

“There’s a body of American heroes who would like to see him retract that statement,” McCain said. 

“That bothers me a lot. It bothers me a lot because you can violently disagree with someone on an issue, but to attack their character and integrity, those wounds take a long time to heal.” McCain said Trump needed to show more respect for POWs.

That’s an interesting perspective from McCain — though a Vietnam veteran and POW himself — he attacked families of POWs and MIAs in congressional hearings and went to great lengths to make those files secret.

In McCain’s case — the self-described “maverick,” first elected in 1982, has spent well over three decades in D.C. colluding with Democrats, and at age 80 is arrogantly running for yet another six-year term —  proving the old adage, those heels take a long time to wound.

John McCain’s hero status can’t be questioned, but these are the facts: On veterans’ issues, John McCain talks out of both sides of his mouth. This list of key votes (provided by Project Vote Smart) unequivocally shows McCain has either not voted or often voted in opposition to legislation affecting veterans, troops, reservists and their families. The worst scandal involving the Veterans Administration Hospital occurred in here in Arizona under John McCain’s watch resulting in needless deaths of military personnel awaiting care.

John McCain has done everything in his power to block the release of information on American Vietnam era MIAs as evident in this shocking video by Vietnam Veterans Against McCain. It features veterans, U.S. Congressmen and knowledgeable staff.

This equally stunning video shows John McCain stomping out of a congressional hearing after insulting Delores Alfond, chair of the National Alliance of Families, who spent her life seeking information after her brother was shot down over North Vietnam. McCain intentionally made sure all information was classified and made unavailable.

Ask yourself, “Why?” It’s John McCain, himself, who has the explaining to do.


12 Responses to Who actually owes vets an apology McCain or Trump?

  1. azgary says:

    Veterans, including myself vastly prefer Trump to mccain, we also are smart enough to know the statements were regarding mccain, not vets in general.

    people who make more of it are just trump haters and or mccainites

    Poll: Veterans Prefer Trump Over McCain By Double Digits

    people who use the mccain Trump dust up to whine and stomp their feet are either nevertrumpers who prefer hillary/mccain uniparty government or mccain sycophants.

  2. Saguaro Sam says:

    It now appears to be confirmed that Obama has planned a trip to Hiroshima. His assaults on the U.S. military continue.
    Wounded, by our own commander in chief.

    Maybe McCain and Kerry will go along for the ride.

    One way tickets for this trio would be totally terrific.

  3. East Valley Conservative says:

    The fact that John McCain can actually say, “you can violently disagree with someone on an issue, but to attack their character and integrity, those wounds take a long time to heal,” shows what a practiced liar he is. That’s exactly what he did when he was faced with a strong challenge from former AZ Congressman JD Hayworth. I previously lived in CD 6 which Hayworth represented. He was without a doubt the best, most responsive US Rep. I’ve ever had the good fortune to have represent me and my family. During Hayworth’s 2010 senate challenge, McCain ran despicable ads and outspent Hayworth 10 to 1.

  4. William Heuisler says:

    McCain blocked a POW Truth Bill in 1990 and the Missing Service Personnel Act in 1996. Look up Truth Bill. Stockdale’s Book: “In love & War” (page 254). About McCain’s phony release refusal.

    McCain has needlessly classified POW information and spent decades hiding critical details about POWs and MIAs, halting efforts to bring them home, or to learn their fate. Secrets McCain has helped hide came from radio intercepts, satellite photos of rescue symbols, witness depositions and details of a twice aborted rescue mission by our Special Forces.

    The Pentagon & the U.S. Defense Department have admitted to Congress “Men were left behind”.But In 1991 Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs mem bers, John Kerry and John McCain were denying reports POWs were still alive in Vietnam. When Defense Intelligence Agency Chief, Lt. Gen. Eugene Tighe disputed their lies, McCain and Kerry forced General Tighe to retire.

    Most veterans are disgusted with McCain’s phony heroism. Years ago I called him out to his face in front of hundreds of Republicans. He just walked away.

    • State Delegate says:

      Thanks for the excellent information, William. Will look up the links this afternoon.

      Have any of you ever heard of Stuart Starkey? .He was an unknown who repeatedly ran against John McCain, and who McCain didn’t try to destroy. I’ve never been able to shake the memory of a grinning McCain condescendingly hugging Starkey, a Democrat grade school teacher, after a debate. Starkey was a joke candidate, who challenged McCain at least a half dozen times. McCain didn’t need to hammer him. But Team McCain and the PACs that support him brutalize anyone with actual credentials such as Kelli Ward, a physician and two term state senator.

      By the way, Dr. Ward’s husband is a Colonel in the AZ Air National Guard and currently serves as Arizona’s State Air Surgeon


      • Conservative Since Birth says:

        See Stuart Starkey on Wikipedia. Partial description:

        He is, perhaps, best known as Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in 2004 against longtime Republican incumbent John McCain. According to many Starky was never considered a threat to McCain, who is one of the best known and powerful United States Senators. Starky was even called by The Arizona Republic a sacrificial lamb,[1] put on ballot because there were no chances to beat McCain. During his campaign, he debated McCain twice, once in Tucson and once in Flagstaff. He was also featured on the cover of Teacher Magazine, dubbed the “Unsinkable Stu Starky.”

        Starky was defeated in landslide, winning only 20.62% against McCain’s 76.74%. But, despite the relatively low percentage, he gained the highest vote per dollar amount in the country, spending only about $15,000 for his campaign.

  5. Rob Haney. says:

    I have campaigned against the Ly’in McCain for 15 years. He represents what the Republican Establishment has become and why the base of the Republican Party is in such diametrical opposition to the elite leadership and why the Independent registered voters have grown significantly while Republicans decrease except for those Democrats switching to R to vote for Trump.

    The Republican Elites know exactly, more than anyone else, what a monster McCain is and yet nary a one of them will speak out against him. In fact, they fall in line behind him and defend him at every occasion. Brewer, on the Hannity program, being the latest example.

    My concern is that Trump will place McCain surrogates in his campaign and administration. He has already done so when he placed Charles Munoz in charge of his campaign for Utah and Arizona. Munoz then supported McCain activist State Chairman Robert Graham while knowing that Graham clearly backed McCain’s policies and opposed Trump.

    I confronted Munoz at the April 30th delegate selection convention about his defence of Graham and told him that if I were Trump I would immediately fire him. The actions of Graham at the convention and the results of the vote would again emphasize the need to terminate Munoz. Alas, there has been no termination and thus my concern about Trumps appointments turning out to be squishes.

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      I, too, had my concerns about Charles Munoz. The Trump people should terminate him before it’s too late. He doesn’t sound like a trustworthy one.

      I was very upset when Jan Brewer stood up for McCain on Hannity’s show…and in the next breath saying she’d love to be Trump’s V.P. (paraphrasing).

      Both people are playing the sad, old game of politics as usual.

  6. Saguaro Sam says:

    Speaking of the McCain’s, and their beer dynasty—
    Look what Budweiser has pulled off:


    So, is this supposed to be patriotism?
    Everything you wanted to know about America printed on an aluminum can containing an alcoholic beverage.

  7. LEO IN TSN says:

    The McTraitor lie & attack machine has been fired up and set in motion. My neighborhood has been assaulted with a lie-filled ANONYMOUS mailer attacking Dr. Sen. Kelli Ward. It was mailed on a USPS Bulk Mail Permit #3092 out of Las Vegas, NV, and using a sender address of PO Box 42421, Phoenix 85064.

    Blatant lies, completely anonymous – the McTraitor way. That & vote-splitting shill “candidates” in the primary. Voters beware. $$upport Dr. Sen. Kelli Ward. http://www.kelliward.com/

    God bless America.

    • terry dudas says:

      My neighborhood in Oro Valley received that mailer also. It’s a very expensive four-page, green & black piece of slime; and there is no attribution or sponsorship mentioned.
      What a cowardly POS!

  8. Kent says:

    McCain called his presidential campaign bus the ‘Straight Talk Express,’ so named because his lies have been so prolific and he was making an attempt to differentiate what is all too well known from what he wanted unknowledgeable voters to believe. John McCain wouldn’t know the truth if it sat on his face. He has been an embarrassment to thinking Arizonans who are aware of the facts not the skewed tales he tells. He was censured by GOP State delegates for his decades of lying about holding conservative values, when exactly the opposite is true.