Cartoonist Tole's view of Donald Trump.

Cartoonist Tole’s view of Donald Trump.

Trump’s Shots at McCain Hits Veterans

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Philadelphia -Well, to date, Donald Trump has avoided kicking any small dogs or children.

But a month after insulting millions of the Mexican immigrant community as “criminals’ and rapists,” Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump again aimed his unwieldy verbal shots at an unlikely target, this week, deriding the military service of Sen. John McCain (R-Az). A Vietnam Veteran who spent five years as a prisoner of war, the billionaire’s remarks, this time, outraged a whole swath of veterans and POW’s throughout the country.

“He’s not a war hero,” asserted Trump responding to earlier criticisms from Sen. McCain (R-Az).

When pressed on the subject, Trump added, “He was a war hero who got captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

A spokesman for the Latino Legion Post 840 Philadelphia and Special Asst. to Lt. Governor’s Office, Juvencio Gonzalez said, “Anytime someone makes statements against veterans,” they’re essentially attacking the “foundations of the country.”

“We have our freedoms and way of life because Veterans were willing to leave their families, their comforts and to endure hardships and put their lives on the line,” said Gonzalez. “America would not be America unless we had veterans to fight for it.”

“I don’t care whether you are Republican or Democrat,” for a man running for President to “go against any veteran doesn’t show intelligence or common sense.”


A former Commander of Latin American Veterans Post 840 and USMC Veteran, Jose Rivera ignored the uproar over Trump’s comments, focusing on the recent assassination of Marines at a Chattanooga, Tennessee recruiting outpost: “Four Marines sacrificed by a coward, but not forgotten. Sempre Fi, Heroes.”

Meanwhile, Trump followed up his controversial comments by visiting the city of Laredo, Tx., along the U.S. and Mexican border. Laredo’s Mayor Pete Saenz sought to show the best of Laredo, noting that products and goods passing through the city generates some $200 billion a year in trade.

Although a distinct minority of this largely Mexican-American area agreed with Trump, the overwhelming majority rejected his negative observations as those of a “reality TV” star. Members of the League of Latin American Citizens LULAC, greeted Trump with protests, with one demonstrator holding a sign which read: “McCain is a Hero, Trump is a Chump.”

Henry Rodriguez of Laredo told the Latin Times: “Trump is making a mockery of democracy.”

“I hope we changed his mind,” said Mayor Saenz. “We did everything we could.”