John McCain Takes Veiled Swipe At Donald Trump's "Bone Spur" Draft Deferment
October 23, 2017
Sen. John McCain on C-SPAN talking about the Vietnam war
(NATIONAL) -- One of the things President Trump's detractors have consistently pointed out is that Trump, in their minds, fits the classic mold of "draft dodger" when it comes to the Vietnam War era.
Mr. Trump like many a young man of that era, piled up five draft deferments - four for being a student and the fifth for having a "bone spur" in a foot (a medical deferment) - which kept him out of the military and any possible combat action in southeast Asia.
War hero Sen. John McCain went off to fight in that conflict, was captured and endured years of abuse and torture at the hands of the Viet cong, members of the communist guerrilla movement in Vietnam that fought the South Vietnamese government forces (1954–75) with the support of the North Vietnamese army and opposed the South Vietnamese and US forces in the Vietnam War.
And now Sen. McCain, in TV interview about the Vietnam War appears to have taken a thinly veiled verbal punch at President Donald Trump when McCain criticized people from "the highest income level" in this country who avoided the draft by finding a doctor who "would say that they had a bone spur."
Trump attended the private and expensive New York Military Academy as a young man but was not able to put his military academy training to good use in the service due to his numerous draft deferments, including the one for the bone spur.
Sen. McCain and President Trump have not been the best of pals of late.
McCain and Trump have been at odds since then candidate Donald Trump used an early event in his 2016 campaign to make a snide comment about McCain's military service, claiming he wasn't really a war hero because he was captured during the Vietnam War.
Trump has never apologized and as a result McCain has been one Trump's most visible and vocal Republican critics in Washington.
Here is what Sen. McCain told C-SPAN3, American History TV, in an interview about the Vietnam War: "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 they had a bone spur. That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve."
The Arizona Senator never mentions President Trump by name in the interview.
Mr. Trump told the New York Times in 2016 that a doctor, "Gave me a letter -- a very strong letter -- on the heels. Over a period of time, it healed up," he said.