Donald Trump was on the hot seat Monday night, defending his controversial comments about Senator John McCain when he said: "He is not a war hero. He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured, ok? I hate to tell you. He is a war hero because he was captured. Ok, you can have -- I believe perhaps he is a war hero."
Bill O'Reilly on Monday night suggested that Trump may have been inspired by a Chris Rock routine from 2008 when McCain was running for president against Barack Obama.
In 2008, Rock joked: “He was a war hero that got captured. I don't want to vote for the guy that got captured. I want to vote for the [expletive] that got away.”
On Monday night’s O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly said to Trump: “I want you to be honest; you do think John McCain is a hero. I know you do.”
“I do and by the way, I said it. I actually said it four times,” Trump said.
Trump, who rarely, if ever apologizes for anything, sounded like he's softening a little on McCain. He said: “Certainly if there was a misunderstanding, I would totally take that back. Hopefully I said it correctly.”
On The Kelly File, John McCain’s daughter, Meghan, couldn’t be angrier. She said that Trump’s comments were “The grossest, most disgusting comment I have ever heard.”
Trump, who never served in the military, did wear a uniform when he was a student at the New York's Military Academy.
Trump is being mocked for avoiding the Vietnam War with four student deferments and a medical deferment for a bone spur in the foot.
The Daily News refers to Trump's bone spur as a “Foot Boo Boo,” calling trump "G.I. Joke " and pointing out that one of those medals on his uniform was for being neat.
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But the controversy doesn't seem to be hurting Trump in the national polls, at least not yet. Trump is leading the pack with 24% support from registered Republicans. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Jeb Bush are 11 points or so behind.
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