Trump on John McCain: ‘He’s Not a War Hero’
LUNTZ: "It's a great applause line, and obviously they appreciate it. But referring to people as rapists, referring to John McCain -- a war hero, five-and-a-half years as a POW -- and you call him a dummy, is that appropriate in running for president?"
TRUMP: "OK, you got to let me speak because you interrupt all the time. I know him too well, that's the problem. Let's take John McCain. We have a meeting that's going to be 500 people at the Biltmore Hotel. We get a call from the hotel, it's turmoil. Thousands and thousands of people are showing up, three and four days before. They're pitching tends on the hotel grass. They hotel says, we can't handle this, it's going to destroy the hotel. We move it to the convention center. We have 15,000 people. The biggest one ever. Bigger than Bernie Sanders. Bigger than -- 15,000 people showed up to hear me speak. Bigger than anybody, and everybody knows it. A beautiful day with people who are wonderful, great Americans. John McCain says 'Oh, boy, Trump makes my life difficult. He has 15,000 crazies show up.' Crazies, he calls them all crazy. I said, they weren't crazy. They were great Americans. These people, if you would have seen these people -- I know what a crazy is, I know all about crazies. These weren't crazies. So he insulted me, and he insulted everybody in that room. So I said, somebody should run against John McCain, who in my opinion has been not so hot. And I supported him, I supported him for president. I raised a million dollars for him, that's a lot of money. I supported him, he lost. He let us down. But you know, he lost. So I never liked him so much after that. I don't like losers. But, Frank --"
LUNTZ: "--He's a war hero! He's a war hero!--"
TRUMP: "--He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured, OK? I hate to tell you--"
LUNTZ: "Do you agree with that?--"
TRUMP: "To you he's a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. OK? Perhaps he's a war hero, but right now he said some very bad things about a lot of people. So what I said is, John McCain, I disagree that these people aren't crazy. And, very importantly, and I speak the truth, he graduated last in his class in Annapolis."