In an apparent swipe at President Donald Trump, Sen. John McCain called out the “highest income” Americans who dodged the Vietnam draft by claiming “bone spurs.”
In an interview that aired on C-CPAN3 Sunday, McCain talked about the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and mentioned the draft.
“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, adding, “That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”
The New York Times reported last year that Trump received a total of five military deferments during the war. Four were for education and one—in 1968—was for bone spurs on his heels. During that time, the U.S. drafted approximately 300,000 men into the military.
“I had a doctor that gave me a letter, a very strong letter on the heels,” Trump told the paper.
Trump and McCain have played out an openly hostile relationship since Trump first ran for office and commented in June 2015 that McCain was not a war hero because he was captured. “I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said during the campaign.
McCain, 81, was a prisoner of war for more than five years in Vietnam after his plane was shot down in 1967 during combat. He was released in March of 1973.
Still harboring sour grapes over Trump’s comment, McCain revealed in a “60 Minutes” interview a few weeks ago that the president never apologized to him for the comment.
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