Donald Trump’s recent comments that Sen. John McCain, who spent more than five years as a POW at the ironically nicknamed “Hanoi Hilton” during which he suffered physical and psychological torture, “not a war hero” were offensive enough to prompt condemnations from all of his Republican primary rivals. All, that is, except for Sen. Ted Cruz and retired Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
Cruz managed to abstain from the pile-on with a degree of rhetorical finesse. Carson, on the other hand, flubbed his lines, big time.
Trump’s remarks came during his speech at the Family Leadership Summit. A speech from Carson immediately followed. After Carson got off the stage he declined to condemn Trump’s insanely politically incorrect assessment of McCain’s war record. Fine. But when asked point-blank whether he considered McCain a “war hero,” Carson dodged.
“It depends on your definition of a war hero,” he answered. Which is nice and existential but also makes him sounds like a college student who didn’t do the reading.
My mind keeps searching for a reasonable definition of “war hero” that McCain wouldn’t fit. I got nothing.
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