Donald Trump On John McCain In 1999 Video: ‘Does Being Captured Make You A Hero?

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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.

(c) 2018, The Washington Post · Felicia Sonmez  



  1. This is just an unnecessary hit piece by the Washington Compost. Why bring this up now, when the Senator is very sick?

  2. Here’s a question for Donald Trump, does getting a deferment for bad feet make you a hero? At least McCain went to Vietnam and fought. You obtained 5 deferments.

    • Trump doesn’t claim to be a military hero. McCain, whose sole military achievement is being captured, does. Besides, there are reports that McCain was a careless pilot who caused deaths and destruction in the navy, while his daddy the admiral covered up for him.

  3. What is the matter with you for posting this is his point really mocking or is it sickening how we brand people as heroes for some warped definition just like we will foolishly refer to sports stars as heroes instead of blasting trump why don’t you demonstrate what heroism he displayed and then ask how that measures up to others who weren’t captured and not awarded the foolish title “hero “


    McCain, when a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy was a Navy pilot (they call themselves aviators). July 29, 1967 while on the deck and in his plane on the carrier U.S.S. Forrestal he managed to screw up procedures (officially denied and covered up by him and the Navy and also even promoted on Wikipedia if you care to look–reason to follow). He did a smart punk attention getting trick by doing a “wet start” up of his jet.

    This stunt and aftermath caused the death of 134 sailors and seriously injure (blow off arms legs, cause blindness and burns to another 161 sailors) and took the ship off the battle line for extensive repairs. Any other Navy pilot causing this type of death and destruction he would probably still be in the brig. Why not McCain? Well, first with many powerful connections this “little infraction” was covered up by the Navy (our most politically involved/connected service by the way).

    You see his grandfather was a famous FOUR STAR Navy admiral and his dad was at the time of the incident was a powerful Navy FOUR STAR admiral and McCain graduated from the Navy Academy. So the old boy Navy tradition cover him network went into high gear immediately; and make no mistake, it does exist and it did for him.

    There is so much more on McCain but it would take too much to cover. The bottom line is Trump is correct when he says McCain is NOT a hero. Sure Trump is a huge pain, but it does not mean he does not know what he is talking about either. It is possible McCain did some sort of heroic type effort survival things like living through torture as did so many others during their capture–but he sure is NOT a hero. Being a P.O.W. is not being a hero.

    • I know as a dedicated conspiracy theorist you won’t agree with me, but your claim has been thoroughly and totally debunked. The fire on the Forrestal was not caused by McCain or his jet.

      • Maybe it is just a conspiracy theory, or maybe daddy the admiral made sure to direct the investigation away from his son. We may never know for sure. One thing we do know: while being a prisoner of war may be tragic, it doesn’t automatically make one a hero, just like a “participation trophy” is not a sports achievement.

        • not coming home early because of your family connections. is comparable to a participation trophy? would you not take the offer to get out of a torture prison?

      • You can fabricate some debunk lies from today to tomorrow and continue hiding your head in the sand but facts stay facts even if you want to call it ‘conspiracy theories’ because that’s what fake news is trying to force down the throats of sheeple like you. What would make you wake up that your fake news is bobkess?

      • Your source Wikipedia is a “free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit”. In short, Wikipedia is not proof of anything.

        • Is it against Matzav rules to write that Snopes has no credibility and is a hoax and a fraud and are not a “fact-checking” source for anything but a joke paid by Soros to be the propaganda organ for the left as has been proven time and again. However, the sheeple who trust CNN and other fake news should continue hiding their heads in the sand and trust Snopes blindly.

  5. Why is WaPo dredging up an old story. Maybe they realize the Mueller witch hunt and the Manafort trial are about to go belly up.

    So desperate. So irrelevant.

  6. What this shows is that from the picture often painted of Trump as always “shooting from the hip” and blustering his was through, he is actually a very consistent individual and his policies (think trade wars) are things he has been thinking about and expressing for decades. He knows exactly what he wants and where he is going.

  7. What I see here and all these old videos is trump being consistent not some politician looking at the polls and creating policy. His ideas while some of them are a little nuts is what he’s been saying for decades. To me that’s great stuff

  8. This is why Donald is right. Its NOT about how Mr. McCain was a prisoner of war. He is amazing. It is how he was captured. Trump is a dream man. His effect infiltrates.

    McCain was captured. By pick direct liberalism in 2008. He ran to let women have a chance to highest office. Captured by liberalism. Thus Trump is right.

    We respect the prisoners of war. Which capture is real? Think how Hashem wants a future without abominations. I question the 19th amendment. Ever hear of steely dan. “Hey 19”? ‘I can’t dance with you’. In a world of truth and lifht, assign the 19th amendment the purpose of this funny secular universe. It is Hashems.

    I believe the 19th amendment is why we are worse today. It is a very odd grade I never anticipated studying.

    Think of Hashem. He gives us a president that defeated a woman. It was Adam versus Eve. Hashem even called him the donald. Who was Adam? Check your tanakh. He was “the adam”. Funny.

    Thank Trump. Something may be on the fix.

    Will Hashem have humor? 2020 is coming. The best vision is clear vision 20/20. Wonder a Temple.

    Funny if this folly is just a major ploy. Orthodox likes Trump. Things are said.

    Who is. Bad bad. 19th amendment. Man gets his vote plus his daughters. Bad. The even is not birth.


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