Trump says he never called McCain a ‘loser’ – here’s the proof he did

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While refusing a report of Atlantic As he made derogatory comments about veterans, including the late Senator John McCain, President Trump falsely claimed he never called the former Arizona senator a “loser.”

HIGHLIGHTS

Citing unnamed sources, Atlantic reported that Trump had made multiple derogatory remarks about the veterans, calling them “losers” and “suckers,” and once refused to go to a cemetery in which US troops were killed in the brutal battle of Belleau Wood during World War I are buried, saying, “Why should I go to this cemetery? It is filled with losers. He was also worried that the wind would ruin his hair.

According to the report, when McCain died in August 2018, Trump allegedly told his senior executives, “We are not going to support this loser’s funeral,” and asked why the flags were reduced to half staff.

Trump a nié Atlantic‘s report in a tweet, and claimed that he “never called John a’ loser. ‘ “

At the 2015 Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, during his presidential campaign, Trump mocked McCain, who was captured and tortured by North Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War, saying he loved people who “were not captured” and are not ”losers. “

Trump even promoted a story on the event that quoted his “loser” comment:

Key context

Before his death in 2018, McCain frequently traded blows with the president and was repeatedly criticized by Trump after delivering the deciding vote – along with the sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) – who rejected Republicans. attempt to repeal Obamacare in 2017. Trump was not invited to McCain’s funeral, but continued to attack the senator months after his death following a battle with brain cancer.

Chief critic

“I would be ready to swear on anything I have ever said about our fallen heroes,” Trump told the Washington Post, responding to Atlanticreport of. “There is no one who respects them more. So I just think it’s a horrible, horrible thing. “

Surprising fact

Hours after Atlantic published its report on Washington Post confirmed with an anonymous former senior administration official that the president has repeatedly called veterans and missing soldiers “losers”.

To monitor

The Biden campaign plans to hold a press call Friday morning with Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Khizr Khan and Representative Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) “In reaction to the appalling revelations about Donald Trump and the elders fighters. “

Tangent

Trump is following Biden in supporting U.S. troops, a Military Times poll released last week found, a departure from 2016 when Trump led Hillary Clinton among the troops ahead of the election.

Further reading

Trump has declared US soldiers wounded and killed in war “losers,” the magazine reports (Washington Post),

Trump: Americans who died in war are ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’ (Atlantic),

Trump lagging behind US troops, in massive move since 2016 domination: Poll (Forbes)

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