Donald Trump, The Howard Stern of Politics, Sets His Sights on POWs

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I actually sort of feel bad writing that headline. I like Howard Stern. That guy? He knows what’s up. He’s shocking. He’s controversial. Howard does Howard, and I’ve always loved that about him. I legitimately feel bad drawing a comparison between him and Donald Trump, but considering he is the “shock jock,” it felt a bit appropriate.

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My thought process on Donald Trump has basically always been “pat him on the head, stick him in a corner, and pretend he isn’t there.” This is a thought process that has worked exceedingly well for me for the part of my life that I have been unfortunate enough to know he has existed.

Today, however, Donald Trump has actually demanded my attention personally. I wish he hadn’t, because I really liked the fact that he was non-existent in my universe. Yet here I am, writing about him without even being asked to, because dammit, I just can’t stop myself.

During a Q&A at the Iowa Family Leadership Summit Saturday, moderator Frank Luntz described Arizona senator John McCain, who was taken captive as a prisoner of war for nearly six years during the Vietnam War, as a war hero. Instead of, you know, not being an idiot, Trump responded by saying, “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” He then shrugged and said “perhaps he’s a war hero” and went on with saying whatever it was he was saying. I can’t even remember what he was talking about because my “oh hell no” took over and I pulled a rage quit.

“I like people who weren’t captured.” If there wasn’t a video, I seriously wouldn’t believe it.


McCain spent five and a half years in captivity, two of which were spent in solitary confinement. He was offered, and refused, early release – a common practice at that time, as early release meant speaking out against your country and abandoning other POWs, many of whom were sick and injured.

Now, I am by no stretch of the imagination a John McCain supporter. I am, however, a supporter of soldiers. The military itself? Eh, that’s another story. But the men and women serving are people who I will never speak poorly about. They are people who I will defend passionately. In the interest of transparency, this stems entirely from personal bias.

My uncle was killed in the Vietnam war. I never knew him, yet his medals and images are prominently displayed in my home. I think of him often, the man he was and the man he could have been. The man I was told of, yet was never fortunate enough to meet. A man who left behind a fiancee, loving parents, and four siblings.

My uncle was not captured, he was killed. I wonder what Trump would have to say about that. Does his respect begin and end with people who were fortunate enough to walk away on schedule?

Trump’s comments were not just a snide attack against John McCain. “I like people that weren’t captured.” I’m sure you totally won the hearts of those who are currently serving, unsure of whether or not they will ever get to go home. I’m sure you won the hearts of the loved ones, sitting at home waiting for the worst day of their lives. I’m sure you won the hearts of the soldiers who have lost friends, whether they were captured or killed, without being able to stop it. I’m sure those soldiers who WERE able to go home are just bursting with excitement because Donald Trump likes them.

Yes, I’m sure that’s what’s happening.

Trump took to Twitter afterwards, writing: “Captured or not, all our soldiers are heroes!” Wow, dude. Way to go. You totally fixed that. All is forgotten.

Donald Trump speaks his mind, and this is a fact that has very rarely upset me, regardless of whether or not I agree with him. You do you, and all. After this, I have no doubt that he lost a decent chunk of his supporters. At least I really, really hope he did. That man wouldn’t survive 10 minutes sitting in an air-conditioned car in a Kmart parking lot, let alone being captured and tortured for nearly six years.

Liz Finnegan is a soulless ginger with no political leanings. Pun enthusiast. Self-proclaimed “World’s Okayest Person.” Retro gaming contributor for The Escapist.

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