Monday, on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” while discussing the ongoing controversy over Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments at Saturday’s Family Leadership Summit in Iowa that Senator Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is “a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured,” NBC congressional correspondent Luke Russert got personal.
Russert said, “I got to say this, Andrea, from someone who has covered John McCain for some time, you know, John McCain’s arms were so badly broken, he can barely comb his hair. Donald Trump can’t comb his hair because it’s fake.”
He continued, “One of the things that Donald Trump said about John McCain was that John McCain let the veterans down with his V.A. reform bill. I covered that bill in Congress. John McCain struck a deal with [Sen.] Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that allowed $500 million to go to new veterans hospitals as well as hiring new doctors and nurses, 26 new hospitals opened up. The attacks were completely without merit.”
“I think it’s something that’s reflective of where we are as a news media that we jump on this guy, when he’s just so out of bounds, and he’s going to use that to play on the fringe,” he added, “I’m going to be fascinated to see how far he has this gasoline in his tank, because quite frankly, at some point, you have to think people will wake up and say, ‘This guy is really out there.'”
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