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With McCain dig, Trump turns already wary GOP establishment against him




Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday.
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If the Republican establishment’s reaction is anything to go by, presidential candidate Donald Trump has finally crossed the line with his remarks on Senator John McCain’s military service.

While fighting in Vietnam, McCain was captured by the North Vietnamese and spent five years as a prisoner of war.

“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said of McCain at a campaign speech on Saturday.

“He’s a war hero because he was captured,” Trump continued. “I like people that weren’t captured.”

The backlash came swift and strong, particularly among the Republican establishment that has stayed mum on incendiary comments over Mexican immigrants that the celebrity businessman had previously made. GOP presidential hopefuls from Jeb Bush to Scott Walker to Marco Rubio have also joined the fray to voice their condemnation.

Senator McCain, for his part, responded by calling Trump to apologize to all military veterans.

While Trump’s stance on immigration may have won him fans in the conservative segment of the Republican Party, his latest statements could have sunk his presidential bid for good.

Has Trump crossed the line? What’s the impact of remarks about McCain on his campaign going forward?

Guests:

Philip Rucker, reporter at the Washington Post who’s been covering the story for the paper

Noah Bierman, reporter at the Los Angeles Times who covers California politics. His latest piece for the paper looks at how the California Republican Party has responded to Trump’s latest comments



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