As a candidate for president in 2015, Donald Trump prompted disbelief – as well as a wave of public outrage – when he derided Sen. John McCain’s military service. The Arizona Republican and decorated veteran, Trump said, was “not a war hero” because he had spent five years in captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.
“I like people that weren’t captured,” Trump said at the time.
A recently resurfaced video shows, however, that he began mocking McCain’s war record far earlier.
In a December 1999 interview with Dan Rather, Trump was asked about McCain, who had recently kicked off his first presidential bid. Trump also made a short-lived run that year for the Reform Party’s presidential nomination.
“He was captured,” Trump said of McCain. “Does being captured make you a hero? I don’t know. I’m not sure.”
Video of the interview began making the rounds on social media Tuesday after it was posted by Politico’s Jake Sherman.
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