“Certainly if there was a misunderstanding, I would totally take that back.” So said Donald Trump to Bill O’Reilly in what was the closest thing to a retraction or apology that the 2016 presidential contender has made about his highly controversial remark concerning John McCain’s status as a war hero.
On Monday night’s The O’Reilly Factor, Trump acknowledged that the Arizona senator is a war hero from his service and his prolonged captivity in Vietnam. However, he also insisted that McCain has not done a good job on Capitol Hill in helping to meet the needs of other veterans who have returned from more recent wars.
The Fox News host, who has known Trump for a long time, took The Donald to task, saying he was going after the wrong guy in targeting John McCain for the highly publicized woes of the Veterans Administration.
“You picked the wrong guy here,” O’Reilly argued. “McCain shouldn’t be the whipping boy… I don’t think McCain’s the villain here.” While not completely backing away from his criticism of the senator, Trump did seem somewhat contrite as he took the barbs from the Fox News host.
By clicking on the video above, you can see this entire segment from The Factor.
Though not conclusive because of the poll’s timing, a new survey from Monmouth University shows that Iowa voters intending to go to their state’s caucuses have just placed Trump second to Scott Walker in the new tally. As Western Journalism reported, Trump finished with votes from 13 percent of the poll respondents, while Walker scored a win with 22 percent.
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