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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.


Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) attacked President Donald Trump without mentioning his name during an interview for C-SPAN3’s American History TV.

The senator was discussing the Vietnam War, in which he served as a Navy pilot and became a POW after being shot down, when he raised the issue of classist draft procedures in the United States.

McCain used Trump’s widely publicized reason for a medical deferment as an example of rich Americans buying their way out of military 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,” McCain said. “That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”

Watch the exchange below.

Chris Sosa is an associate editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Previously, he was a campaign specialist and media spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.


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6 responses to “McCain Trolls Draft-Dodging Trump”

  1. Dominick Vila says:

    I disagree with Sen. McCain on many issues, especially foreign policy, but I respect his service and applaud the courage he is exhibiting in exposing Trump and the GOP zealots. It takes a lot of nerve for someone who never served to criticize a veteran and POW, and suggest he made sacrifices while enjoying a lavish lifestyle the likes of which most of us never dreamed. I just wish more moderate Republicans had the same integrity and courage to denounce the statements and acts of the most despicable and destructive President in U.S. history.

    • Dapper Dan says:

      Like you I haven’t always agreed with Sen McCain in every issue either. But of course I didn’t agree with everything my own Dad believed too seeing how he was a Nixon man. With John McCain I do believe he’s an honorable man and has his convictions and doesn’t flop around on supporting one issue then turn around the next day disavowing the issue he had said he’d support. McCains Word is his bond but not so with President IQ of 45

  2. Sundance98 says:

    Got drafted in July of ’67….got out in July of ’69. Did not go for LBJ, Robert Strange McNamara, Nixon, Kissenger or Westmoreland. Went for almost two hundred years of American History. D.J.T. always wanted to be Bill Clinton when he grew up…..and followed in his footsteps. Bone Spurs or VD? How about a Section 8?

  3. johninPCFL says:

    “And the highest income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur,” McCain said.” – and remember, the bone spurs didn’t show up until IQ45 was nearly out of college, after spending years playing tennis and golfing, putting his four college deferments to good use.

  4. Da FrogMeister says:

    After I got out of the service, I used my GI Bill benefits to go to college. The interesting part, aside from the fact that I was usually the oldest one in the class, was how many of the “kids” were there on mommy and daddy’s dime, did as little work as possible, and partied as much as they could. I was invited to join a fraternity, and after seeing what their main emphasis was (party, party, party), I said no thanks. I had already served my country for four years, and I was there to get an education so that I could become a useful member of society. When I was drafted, I chose to enlist in the Navy for 4 years. I was told after I was accepted, that if I was 5 pounds lighter, or if both of my feet were flat instead of just one, I would have been reclassified as 4-F. I served, spent a year in Vietnam with the marine trouble shooter outfit as their corpsman, and even though I was shot at, exposed to agent orange, and in a hostile environment, I was able to say that there are people who are still alive because of me. I wouldn’t take a billion dollars to go through it again, even if I were physically able to, but what I did while I was there was worth more than that to the many injured marines I was able to help.

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