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.
— American History TV (@cspanhistory) October 22, 2017
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