Donald Trump must be the most controversial figure to run for President of the U.S. in decades. He’s a real estate mogul, a TV celebrity and has a mouth that will not quite yapping. Since he announced he’s candidacy the media has had a field day every time he opened his mouth.
He says whatever he wants on any subject without any regard for political correctness, which seems to have some appeal for many Americans. In truth most of us know that he is full of hot air and everything about him is either a lie or over exaggerated.
He keeps insisting that that is his real hair and he values his fortune at $ 10 billion, but he’s the only one. Forbes places it at around $4 billion, while Bloomberg at $3 billion. And these are just some of the smoke and mirrors around this character.
Trump maintains this aura of know it all entrepreneur, but he’s been through bankruptcy and openly admitted manipulating bankruptcy laws to enrich himself at the expense of society and other people, so that he protects himself from risk, by getting governments and banks to shoulder more of the burden and let him off the hook more cheaply.
One of the biggest statements that caused widespread controversy was in his candidacy announcement speech, where he labeled Mexicans illegal immigrants as drug smugglers and rapists and said that he wants to build a wall on the southern border to keep them out.
While his ideas regarding illegal immigrants may struck home and reflects what many think and believe, his latest blow out seems to have crossed the line.
Last month, while attending the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Trump took his feud with John McCain to the next level. He’s statement was not only an insult to McCain, but to all American POW’s.
“He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” – said Trump to the shock of everyone attending.
Reactions came swift, with most of the other Republican candidtes condemning Trump for he’s remark.
Jeb Bush tweeted: “Enough with the slanderous attacks @SenJohnMcCain and all our veterans – particularly POWs have earned our respect and admiration.”
“John McCain is an American hero. I have nothing but respect for his service to our country,” tweeted Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. “After Donald Trump spends six years in a POW camp, he can weigh in on John McCain’s service,” he added in a second tweet.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry tweeted: ”.@SenJohnMcCain is an American hero & all POW’s deserve our nation’s highest debt of gratitude. @realDonaldTrump’s comments are disgraceful,” and added: “As a fellow veteran I respect @SenJohnMcCain because he volunteered to serve his country. I cannot say the same about Mr. @realDonaldTrump,”
As a close friend of McCain, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted: “If there was ever any doubt that @realDonaldTrump should not be our commander in chief, this stupid statement should end all doubt.” He added: “At the heart of @realDonaldTrump statement is a lack of respect for those who have served – a disqualifying characteristic to be president.”
The truth of the matter is that regardless of anyone’s view of McCain, the fact that he survived five and a half years ( two of them in solitary confinement) in a notorious North Vietnamese prison known as the “Hanoi Hilton,” where he was repeatedly tortured, must earn him a degree of respect. Imagine the sheer will power and survival mindset it took to accomplish this. I wonder how many can truly say they could do the same?
This latest outburst may cause Trump to lose all that he built until now as a candidate and prove that while freedom of speech is guaranteed, some measure of respect must be kept at all times, especially in regards with people that have served this country and protected our way of life.
On another note, if he somehow happens to win the election, I can mostly guarantee that on his first day in office, he’s going to look at Obama and say: You’re FIRED!
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