Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” while addressing the controversial comments Donald Trump made about Sen John McCain (R-AZ) saying, “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” Sen Marco Rubio (R-FL) stated the “absurd,” “offensive,” and “ridiculous” comments insulted all prisoners of war.
Rubio said, “This is not just an insult to John McCain, who clearly is a war hero, and a great man, but it’s an insult to all POWs, to all men and women who have served us in uniform, who have been captured in battle. And this somehow makes the assumption, or he’s saying that somehow if you’re captured in battle, you’re less worthy of honors than someone who isn’t. It’s not just absurd. It’s offensive. It’s ridiculous, and I do think it is a disqualifier as commander-in-chief.”
He continued, “We have to remember, this is a man who spent his whole life saying outrageous things. So early in his campaign when he said something outrageous, people kind of said just ignore it and move on, and it’ll go away. This is what he does for a living. I think now as this has gone forward and he’s become a more covered candidate and people have paid more attention to him, it’s required people to be more forceful on some of these offensive things that he is saying.”
“Not only did I say that what he said about Mexicans is not just inaccurate, it’s offensive. It’s not true, and it’s also offensive. But what he said yesterday, of course is offensive about John McCain, and inaccurate about John McCain. But it actually is offensive to all POWs, and men and women who serve us in uniform, especially those who have served time in the hands of enemy captors and who are worthy of our admiration and respect,” he added.