In subtle jab at Trump, McCain raises issue of how the rich dodged the draft
Vietnam Vet John McCain Slyly Uses Donald Trump As Example Of Rich Draft Dodgers During War
While Republicans Donald Trump and John McCain have put on a good show when they’ve appeared together, there is little doubt they aren’t big fans of one another. And McCain took the latest shot with a subtle dig at the fact the then-wealthy Trump was able to get out of serving in the Vietnam War.
During an interview with CSPAN-3, McCain addressed the problems that led to the war and the strategy used in the conflict. He talks about the things that split society at the time, but then made a point about the draft and how higher income people were able to dodge service.
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 that 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.
— American History TV (@cspanhistory) October 22, 2017
McCain’s specific use of bone spurs could certainly be directed at Donald Trump. The Republican president received multiple deferments from the draft for bone spurs in his feet, a fact he would later lie about.
Some estimates put the percentage of wealthy draftees during the Vietnam War at a minuscule number.
Most of U.S. soldiers drafted during the Vietnam War were men from poor and working-class families. The least political power sections were mistreated. As a matter of fact, American forces in Vietnam included twenty-five percent poor, fifty-five percent working-class, twenty percent middle-class men, but very few came from upper-classes families.
The relationship between John McCain and Trump got off to an infamously ugly start when candidate Trump infamously stated the former POW was not a war hero because he was captured. The story of McCain’s capture and torture has long been described at length and altered his physical capabilities for life.
McCain appeared on The View this morning and further addressed his relationship with Donald Trump. The Senator laughed when asked if he was afraid of a Trump threat and admitted he had almost no working relationship with the Republican president.
It’s clear the days of being cordial are now long over between Trump and McCain. And considering the tiny margin of error Republicans have when it comes to passing Trump’s radical agenda favoring the wealthy, the president can’t afford to alienate many more of his own party’s Senators.
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