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Letter: Criticism of McCain shows Trump isn’t worthy of office

Criticism of McCain shows Trump isn’t worthy of office

It is incomprehensible to me why the Republican establishment is not literally up in arms over Donald Trump’s disparagement of Sen. John McCain’s war record. To suggest that McCain is anything less than a consummate American war hero because he did not elude capture after his plane was shot down over North Vietnam betrays Trump’s utter lack of sensitivity to the perils that our military men and women face every day.

What makes McCain’s case so special is that, as the son of an American admiral, McCain was offered early release by his captors if he would denounce the U.S. war effort in a video and give the North Vietnamese the highly coveted propaganda piece they were looking for. Both out of loyalty to his country and to his fellow POWs, McCain refused, and for this he endured five and a half long years of brutal beatings, torture and solitary confinement inside the walls of the most infamous prison camp of them all, referred to as the Hanoi Hilton.

Whether due to insensitivity or ignorance, Trump’s assessment of McCain’s military service renders Trump unfit to serve as commander in chief. How anybody could even consider supporting a man like Trump, who would so despicably disparage the war record of a true American hero and patriot like McCain, is totally beyond me.

Steve Szpakowski