McCain Slams Rich “Bone Spur” Draft Dodgers [VIDEO]

Talking Points Memo reports:

In an interview about the Vietnam War taped last week, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) appeared to criticize President Donald Trump for receiving a draft deferment for bone spurs during the Vietnam War. The Arizona senator did not mention the President by name but specifically called out “high-income Americans” who got doctors’ notes for a “bone spur.”

“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 told C-SPAN in an interview that aired Sunday.

“That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.” Trump deferred the draft five times, four while he was in school and the fifth for bone spurs.

  • Todd20036

    Better late than never I suppose.
    Sorry it took a brain tumor for you to figure out what democrats knew over a year ago

  • gaycuckhubby
    • Todd20036

      And the ammosexuals who “love the military” won’t give a crap because the soldier was blackety black black.

      • David Walker

        And, may I add, gorgeous.

  • Ish
    • margaretpoa

      No, that’s just flavor.

    • Tawreos

      The continual shift to the right is a problem, but it is bigger than Trump

  • margaretpoa

    One of the things that bothers me were the children of flag officers who didn’t have to be held to the same standard as everyone else.

  • greenmanTN

    ”Appeared to” criticize Trump?

    He did everything but give the GPS coordinates and driving directions to the White House! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/70152976bf11a796668deb3368e9b0ee9170845f8718551981946e95b4ef08aa.gif

    (As others have said, too bad it took a death sentence for McCain to find his backbone.)

  • Tom000

    It’s so strange to me that today that “veterans” is so sacred, but back when my brothers and I were in veterans were literally spit on.

    • Gustav2

      It is so strange that we can’t find a respect that does not turn vets, the flag and the anthem into jingoistic idolatry.

    • Christopher

      Remembering back to my youth, I know very well how the Vietnam Vets were treated. It still pisses me off to this day how they were abused and forgotten.

    • Reality.Bites

      That day has returned, only this time it’s the president doing the spitting.

    • Karl Dubhe

      When did that happen? Where?

      https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/opinion/myth-spitting-vietnam-protester.html

      Contact the NY Times to tell them how they were wrong about the myth of veterans having been spat upon.

      • Gerry Fisher

        Agreed. Let’s not keep giving this myth legs.

        • JCF

          This. I was a (very young!) anti-Vietnam War activist, and all I remember, is that the movement to end that war was on behalf of SAVING American troops from that bloodbath of a war. “Bring Them Home!” was the cry (not “send them to us for yelling ‘Baby Killer’ or spitting”).

  • Gustav2

    That might have been useful over a year ago.

    • JCF

      TWO years ago. He should have said this *right when* Drumpf said his “weren’t captured” verbal-vomit. Might have finished him then!

  • Tom Furgas

    He remained silent after Mr. Trump ridiculed him for getting captured during the Vietnam war. He should have spoke up then and there with these remarks.
    As with any bully, if more people had stood up to Mr. Trump while he was campaigning we might not be in this horrible mess now.

    • Todd20036

      That’s why I don’t even feel much sympathy for McCain’s health. If this is what it takes for McCain to wake up to the party of Nazis he enabled, so be it.

      • Chucktech

        McCain is hardly the first death bed conversion. At least it’s a conversion.

    • canoebum

      But the alternative was Hillary. She had email. Not even a maverick can overlook email.

      • Dagoril

        He seems to be overlooking the Drumpf Regime email abuses just fine.

  • OdieDenCO

    yet, knowing what donny was and seeing what he still is, you voted him into office with no thought but to win the white house. doing what was best for the nation what not even considered.

  • Halou

    And the next time Trump orders an air strike? I remember the last time McCain was starting to be critical of the precedent, then Trump has the sand outside of a Syrian airbase bombed (telling Russia hours in advance so there was nothing there when the strike happened…). McCain wet himself with joy.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Maybe the cancer ate the defective part of his brain.

    • Karl Dubhe

      Listen to the whole thing, he justified the war in Vietnam. Claimed it was ‘mismanaged’ or something like that.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I can’t give him credit because if they wanted to the GOP could kick out Trump now. But they won’t because they need him to fucking do piss down voodoo economics tax cuts and they can do it because Americans are stupid as fuck and vote GOP Congressmen in over and fucking over again while wondering why things are so bad.

    • jonfromcalifornia

      Don’t forget the most important reason of all – they need Trump to appoint Supreme Court justices that will last for generations when Trump and the GOPers are gone.

  • Karl Dubhe

    I agreed with him on part of what he said. That the Draft should not have exemptions.

    But the loony stuff he was spouting about the war starting with the Gulf of Tonkin incident (it started in ’45 with Truman helping the French re-claim their former colony), then rambling on to damning people who did drugs and how they tore the nation apart… He’s still a fucked up asshole warmonger.

  • ceeenbee

    Oh boy!! That’s gonna leave a scar.

  • Treant

    Call me when McCain votes against Trump consistently. Until then, all talk, no action.

  • SilasMarner

    While I condemn the Vietnam Conflict, I hate the fact that the wealthy and politically connected were able and willing to dodge the draft. All the while the disenfranchised were butchered in a needless and detested conflict by the American public.

  • Damn, to think it was the specter of dying to make a half-way decent person out of him.

    McCain had nothing to fear from the rank and file GOP, he could have stood firm against his trump’s candidacy, not that any of the other riders of the clown bus were better suited for the job.

    And even now, if he was truly serious and righting wrongs and cleaning his slate, he would bring to the floor the beginning of impeachment.

    • Sporkfighter

      A bill if impeachment has to start in the House.

      • True, but if he really pushed the idea, he has loads of connections within the House and could get the ball rolling. Those gutless wonders GOP are just waiting for the first elephant to stand up and be counted.

  • If only McCain Had gotten his brain cancer two years sooner.

  • JWC

    damn a missed chance

  • Pip
  • andrew

    One of the great mysteries of medical science is the epidemic of “bone spurs” that struck the USA during the 1960’s and 70’s.

  • Chucktech

    Bone spurs. Bazinga…

  • Macbill

    So do you think Donny will invite Johnny for a sleep-over?

  • Richard

    As a Vietnam era Veteran, as
    far as I’m concerned, McCain is a day late and a dollar short with his draft
    dodging criticism. McCain gave trump a pass when trump disrespected
    McCain and all American military veterans, especially American POWs, by saying
    he didn’t like people that got “caught”, they’re not heroes.
    McCain should have worked his ass off to ensure the draft dodger never
    became the commander in chief, but turns out McCain was more a Republican party
    loyalist than a supporter of his fellow military veterans and POWs. What
    does McCain think his comments will do at this point? The damage
    is done!

  • stanhope

    Death has a way of fostering clarity. I never thought I would ever give McCain anything more than my middle finger but this cancer has given him an epiphany I could never have forseen. That said, I expect his ex wife will be at the gates with Peter so he isn’t out of the woods.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    While it’s great to see McCain finally showing some balls on the matter, the fact remains this should have been said during the primaries, not 9 months after the #DraftDodgerInChief is inaugurated.