President Donald Trump tried to pander to veterans and active-duty troops on Thursday by issuing a tweet marking National Former Prisoner Of War Recognition Day. And the late-Senator John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain was having none of it.
As you may recall, Trump once questioned John McCain’s status as a war hero because he was captured during the Vietnam War and subjected to brutal torture.
“I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said while running for president, even though he never fought for our country himself, preferring to dodge the draft five times to avoid service during the conflict.
Trump also repeatedly attacked McCain as he fought brain cancer and has continued attacking McCain’s ghost since his death.
Yet, he posted the below tweet on Thursday as his poll numbers continue to worsen.
On National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, we honor the more than 500,000 American warriors captured while protecting our way of life. We pay tribute to these Patriots for their unwavering and unrelenting spirit! https://t.co/KOI7Qd1pZx
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 9, 2020
And Meghan McCain quickly fired back to remind everyone how Trump treated her dad.
Except for the fact that you don’t like people who were captured – while publicly attacking the most famous modern POW while he fought cancer…. No one has forgotten or will ever forget what you said and did. No one. https://t.co/Yp8WdhuDch
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) April 9, 2020
Other Twitter users piled on.
“[John McCain] is not a ‘war hero.’ He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured, let me tell you.”
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) April 9, 2020
John McCain says hi
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 9, 2020
I thought you didn’t like soldiers who got captured?https://t.co/lEB7hsZaf7
— Lesley Abravanel? (@lesleyabravanel) April 9, 2020
On National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, I’d like to remind you of the man YOU said wasn’t a hero because he’d been captured.
“I like people who weren’t captured,” you said.
And WE prefer Presidents who aren’t lying, racist, traitorous buffoons. pic.twitter.com/NmxkKKoYIj
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) April 9, 2020
Today would be a good day for you to apologize to the family of John McCain.
— Jean L.P. Jaurès ???⚖️ (@larsp2740) April 9, 2020
I remember you said you don’t prefer POW’s. Stop using Military for votes.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) April 9, 2020
Yes, let’s celebrate!! pic.twitter.com/2K1BSSfNSg
— Jackson Percy (@JacksonPercy4) April 9, 2020
Even now, Trump’s attacks are coming back to bite him on the a**. If he really appreciated the service and sacrifice of former prisoners of war, he would have apologized to the McCain family years ago.
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