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Reactions to Donald Trump’s comments on John McCain’s war record

Early Saturday at an event in Iowa, Donald Trump made inflammatory comments about Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and his time as a prisoner of war during Vietnam.

“He’s a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said. “I like people who weren’t captured.”

Politicians and news-makers around the nation had a lot to say about the statement.

Former Texas governor Rick Perry to the New York Times:

“His comments have reached a new low in American politics. His attack on veterans make him unfit to be commander in chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, and he should immediately withdraw from the race for president.”

A senior Republican National Committee official also repudiated Mr. Trump’s remarks.

Sean Spicer, Republican National Committee’s chief strategist.

“Senator McCain is an American hero because he served his country and sacrificed more than most can imagine. Period. There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably.”

Meghan McCain, the long-time senator’s daughter said the following on Twitter:

Other presidential candidates weighed in on Twitter, all siding with McCain.

Former Michigan congressman John Dingell summed up the situation with this.