Trump On McCain: "He Is A War Hero Because He Was Captured... I Like People Who Weren't Captured"

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Republican wildcard Donald Trump tells the audience at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa his thoughts on Sen. John McCain, who called a room full of Trump supporters, "crazies."

Trump fires back, saying in 2008 he "raised a million dollars for the guy, that's a lot of money... he lost, he let us down. He lost, so I never liked him as much after that. I don't like losers."

At that point, moderator Frank Luntz interrupts, asking Trump if McCain deserves respect simply for his record in Vietnam.

No way, says Trump. "He insulted me, and he insulted everyone in that room... He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured... perhaps he was a war hero, but right now he's said a lot of very bad things about a lot of people."

Trump continued, saying McCain "graduated last in his class at Annapolis [Naval Academy]... You're not supposed to say that somebody graduated last or second to last, because you're supposed to be very nice."

"I want to make America great again... We don't want to listen to his stuff with being politically correct."

QUESTION: John McCain, a war hero, five and a half years as a prisoner of war and you called him a "dummy."

Is that appropriate in running for president?

DONALD TRUMP: I know him too well, that is the problem. Let's take John McCain. I'm in Phoenix, we have a meeting that is going to have 500 people at the Biltmore Hotel. We get a call from the hotel, it is turmoil, thousands and thousands of people are showing up, four days before they're pitching tents.

The hotel says we can't handle this it is going to destroy the hotel, we move it to the convention center, we have 15,000 people. The biggest one ever. Bigger than anybody Bernie Sanders, bigger than anybody and everyone knows it... Wonderful, great Americans...

John McCain goes, "oh boy, Trump makes my life difficult, he had fifteen thousand crazies show up, he called them all crazy.

I said, they weren't crazy, they were great Americans...

I know what a crazy is, I know all about crazy, These weren't crazy.

So he insulted me, and he insulted everyone in that room. So I said, somebody should run against John McCain -- and I supported him for president, I raised a million dollars for the guy, that's a lot of money.

I supported him, he lost, he let us down. He lost, so I never liked him as much after that. I don't like losers.

QUESTION: But he is a war hero, five and a half years as a prisoner of war.

He is not a 'war hero.'

He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured, let me tell you. He's a war hero. Because he was captured, and I believe perhaps he is a war hero, but right now he's said a lot of very bad things about a lot of people.

So what I said, is: John McCain, I disagree with him, these people aren't crazy, and, very importantly, I speak the truth, he graduated last in his class at Annapolis [Naval Academy], nobody knows that. I said he graduated last or second to last, he graduated last at Annapolis. And he was upset, for what? For telling the truth. You're not supposed to say that somebody graduated last or second to last, because you're supposed to be very nice.

I want to make America great again... We don't want to listen to his stuff with being politically correct. We have a lot of work to do.

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