7/19/15, "Trump: I don't need to be lectured," USA Today, Donald Trump
"McCain has abandoned our veterans. I will fight for them."
has called his own constituents who want a secure border “crazies.” No
one in the news media or the establishment, including the Republican National Committee, criticized the senator for those comments.
Now, as respected reporter Sharyl Attkisson has proved point by point,
the news media are also distorting my words. But that is not my point.
McCain the politician has failed the state of Arizona and the country.
During my entire business career, I have always made supporting
veterans a top priority because our heroes deserve the very best for
defending our freedom. Our Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals are
outdated dumps. I will build the finest and most modern veterans
hospitals in the world. The current medical assistance to our veterans
is a disaster. A Trump administration will provide the finest universal
access health care for our veterans. They will be able to get the best
care anytime and anywhere.
Thanks to McCain and his Senate colleague Bernie Sanders, their legislation to cover up the VA scandal, in which 1,000+ veterans died
waiting for medical care, made sure no one has been punished, charged,
jailed, fined or held responsible. McCain has abandoned our veterans. I
will fight for them.
The reality is that John McCain the
politician has made America less safe, sent our brave soldiers into
wrong-headed foreign adventures, covered up for President Obama
with the VA scandal and has spent most of his time in the Senate
pushing amnesty. He would rather protect the Iraqi border than
Arizona’s. He even voted for the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, which
allows Obama, who McCain lost to in a record defeat, to push his
dangerous Iran nuclear agreement through the Senate without a
supermajority of votes.
A number of my competitors for the
Republican nomination have no business running for president. I do not
need to be lectured by any of them. Many are failed politicians or
people who would be unable to succeed in the private sector. Some,
however, I have great respect for.
My record of veteran support is
well-documented. I served as co-chairman of the New York Vietnam
Veterans Memorial Commission and was responsible, with a small group,
for getting it built. Toward this end, I contributed over $1 million so
our warriors can be honored in New York City with a proper memorial. I
also helped finance and served as the grand marshal of the 1995 Nation’s
Day Parade, which honored over 25,000 veterans. It was one of the
biggest parades in the history of New York City, and I was very proud to
have made it possible.
I will continue to fight to secure our
border and take care of our veterans because these steps are vital to
make America great again!"
"Donald Trump is a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016."