Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is still as unapologetic as ever.
After Trump was widely condemned for calling John McCain a "dummy" and saying he was only a "war hero because he was captured," he still refuses to apologize.
While Trump has made exceptionally derogatory comments in the past, recently describing Mexicans as rapists, this is the first time the reaction from his party has been this vocal. Republican National Committee head Reince Priebus forewent his usual "nice" phone call to Trump and said "there is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honourably." Rick Perry accurately pointed out that Trump is "unfit" for the presidency. His comments even drew the ire of "national disgrace" Scott Walker, who said "at a minimum, he needs to apologize."
For his part, Trump sees nothing wrong with the comments made, citing his standing ovation as proof that the controversy is over nothing. He goes on to accuse his opponents of being jealous that Trump is ahead in the polls "by actually a nice margin."
In an op-ed published Sunday (July 19), Trump accused McCain of abandoning "our veterans." Trump cited his own track record of helping veterans: one memorial and one parade, which doesn't feel as impressive as actually serving, or doing anything on an ongoing basis. One parade in 1995 isn't the ongoing commitment to legislative change to benefit U.S. veterans that Trump seemed to think it would be.
Trump did make it clear that he doesn't blame McCain for being captured, just that he "like[s] the people who don't get captured" instead. No word on what he thinks of rich playboys who didn't even serve.