McCain: Trump Should Say Sorry to POWs, Not to Me

'To denigrate that service in any way is offensive to veterans,' senator says
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2015 10:26 AM CDT
In this photo taken July 7, 2015, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Donald Trump has been vocal in his refusal to apologize to John McCain, whose war hero status Trump mocked Saturday. Trump doubled down on that to the Today show's Matt Lauer this morning, saying, "I'm not a fan of John McCain. He's done a horrible job for the vets." McCain responded on MSNBC's Morning Joe show this morning, saying that Trump didn't owe him a personal apology, but that he did owe one to other POWs.

"He might owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving their country," McCain said, per the Hill. "Many men and some women who served and sacrificed and happened to be held prisoner. To denigrate that service in any way is offensive to veterans." As for McCain calling people who came to Trump's Arizona rally "crazies"? "I thought it was a term of endearment," he said. "I meant it as a term of affection, I'll be honest with you." (Meanwhile, Trump's being evasive about deferments that kept him out of Vietnam.)

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