Trump’s public admonishment of pilots held as prisoners of war… in North Vietnam is described by his campaign as “misunderstood” or “taken out of context.” The blowhard with no military experience said this- “He’s a war hero because he was captured, I like people who weren’t captured.” Far from an endorsement, this was a sneer at a political opponent with far more credibility on defense and foreign policy issues.
John McCain and his comrades were heroes for their sacrifice… enduring torture at the hands of their captors- never betraying their duty to country under the most arduous circumstances. Trump has no concept of this kind of heroism, the selfless kind. In Trump’s world, heroes play sports or close deals for personal gain. He sees the medals and ribbons awarded in the military, but the motives of the recipients utterly eludes him.
Trump would consider Jeremiah Denton a coward too… Denton was put on display in a North Vietnamese propaganda film produced for the International Red Cross. Forced to recite a script, Denton was able to blink the word T-O-R-T-U-R-E in Morse code to get the true message to the world. Captain Denton had been in prison so long, his own son had grown up, served in Vietnam, and come home. Denton was the first POW off the plane in 1973, and his words ring true to this day:
“We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve our country under difficult circumstances. We are profoundly grateful to our Commander-in-Chief and to our nation for this day. God bless America.”