President Trump’s disdain for former Republican Presidential candidate, senior Senator and war hero, John McCain, seems to have shot into the stratosphere after McCain became a roadblock to his attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act. While many within the Republican Party blame Trump’s attacks of McCain’s time as a POW on McCain’s remarks and actions against Trump himself, a video from 1999 proves otherwise.
As Mr. Trump explored a possible run for President in 1999 as a Reform Party candidate, CBS’s Dan Rather sat down with him for an interview. The interview, which discusses his vast wealth, his political ideologies and his attempt to possibly become the next president of the United States, also touches on other politicians vying for the Presidency in 2000.
When John McCain’s name comes up, who was battling George W. Bush for the Republican nomination, Trump had this to say about him:
“He was captured. Does being captured make you a hero? I don’t know. I’m not sure.”
The remarks are eerily similar to remarks made by Trump in 2015 on the campaign trail.
John McCain spent over five years in a North Vietnamese prison after being shot down over Vietnam and severely injured. His story is incredibly heroic to almost anyone you will ask. The President, however, for whatever reason it may be, finds it in his best interest to diminish McCain’s heroics.
Trump never went on to actually run for president in 1999, but this was one of the first attack moves he made in his attempt to become the President of the United States, in which he ultimately succeeded. The full video interview from 1999 can be seen below. Trump’s comments about McCain begin at the 6:00 mark. He also attacks George W. Bush’s intelligence, commenting that “he does’t seem like Albert Einstein,” and then states that Senator Bill Bradley would make a “terrible president”.