After mocking his academic record, real-estate mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has taken another shot at Sen. John McCain, this time targeting his military service and the fact that he was a prisoner of war while serving in Vietnam.
Fielding questions during a Q&A session at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Trump first said that though he supported McCain in his 2008 presidential run, he doesn't like him much anymore.
When the host, pollster Frank Luntz, remarked that McCain is a war hero, Trump answered: "He's not a war hero. He’s a war hero ’cause he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured,” the Daily Beast reported.
Trump's comment is the latest in a back-and-forth between the GOP candidate and the former presidential nominee, which started when McCain told the New Yorker that Trump is "firing up the crazies" with his statements against illegal immigration. Trump responded on Twitter by saying McCain graduated last in his class, and calling him a "dummy."
McCain spent about five-and-a-half years in Hotel Hanoi, a notorious North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp, after his plane was downed. While imprisoned, he was repeatedly tortured, and spent two years in solitary confinement. Despite this, when his captors offered to release him once they found out his father was the commander of U.S. forces in the Vietnam theater, McCain refused, saying he would only accept the offer if all those captured before him were released as well.
According to the Daily Beast, between 1964 and 1968 Trump received four student deferments from military service, and an additional medical deferment after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania.