Arizona Sen. John McCain threw some serious shade at the president without ever mentioning his name during an interview with C-SPAN about the Vietnam War.
“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 they had a bone spur,” McCain said. “That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”
McCain didn’t mention Trump but it’s well publicized that the president got five deferments during the Vietnam War, including one for bone spurs.
In an interview with The New York Times, Trump claimed his problem was “temporary” and “minor” but a doctor gave him a “very strong letter on the heels.”
The bone spur jab is the latest amid a war of words between a hero veteran who has served his country in Congress since 1983 and pathological egomaniac who was caught on tape bragging about sexually assaulting women.
The feud began when the latter downplayed the former’s military service by asserting he was not really a “war hero.”
“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said of McCain during a campaign stop in Iowa in 2015. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
“People that fought hard and weren’t captured and went through a lot, they get no credit,” Trump said afterward. “Nobody even talks about them. They’re, like, forgotten. And I think that’s a shame, if you want to know the truth.”
Trump attempted to make nice with McCain after taking office but lashed out at the senator after he cast the deciding vote to kill one of the Republicans’ final Obamacare repeal attempts.
“John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves,” Trump tweeted after McCain killed the bill. “He campaigned on Repeal & Replace. Let Arizona down!”
“Democrats are laughingly saying that McCain had a ‘moment of courage.’ Tell that to the people of Arizona who were deceived. 116% increase!”
McCain said that his vote had nothing to do with Trump’s insults.
“If I took offense at everybody who has said something about me or disparaged me or something like that — life is too short,” McCain told “60 Minutes” last month. “You’ve got to move on. And on an issue of this importance to the nation, for me to worry about a personal relationship, then I’m not doing my job.”
McCain did throw some shade at Trump in the interview when he revealed that the president never apologized for the war hero line and suggested he doesn’t have a lot of respect for Trump’s lifestyle.
“He is in the business of making money, and he has been successful both in television as well as Miss America and others,” McCain said. “I was raised in the concept and belief that duty, honor, country is the lodestar for behavior that we have to exhibit every single day.”