Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to find new ways to outdo himself. His latest controversial remarks came over the weekend in Ames, Iowa when he told an audience he did not consider Arizona Senator John McCain to be a war hero. Here’s the quote that lead to the firestorm:
“He’s not a war hero…he’s a war hero because he was captured…I like people who weren’t captured.”
McCain spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.
McCain, who is not in the 2016 field of presidential candidates, said Trump owes an apology to the nation’s veterans for his comments.
A poll conducted less than two weeks ago by Public Policy Polling showed Donald Trump favored by 16% of North Carolina’s Republican voters — leading the rest of the pack. Jeb Bush and Scott Walker had just 12% of the vote, with Mike Huckabee coming in at 11%.
PPP’s poll was conducted after Trump called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists in announcing his presidential bid.
It will be interesting to see if Trump’s latest remarks cause the numbers to shift in a state that prides itself on being the most-military friendly in the nation.