McCain Suggests Trump’s a Draft Dodger But Forgets to Mention Trump Wasn’t Called

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Arizona Sen. John McCain suggested President Trump was a draft dodger during the Vietnam War who only got off because he had a rich father and phony bone spur excuses. You would never know these two are in the same party.

Actually, you would never know McCain is a Republican. He votes with Democrats on important issues.

McCain said during an interview on C-Span 3 on the 18th:

“One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never, ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest level would get a doctor to say they had a bone spur.”

“That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve,” McCain continued.

Trump received five deferments from the draft during the Vietnam War. Four were granted because Trump was in college, which was common. But the last deferment, in Fall 1968, was because Trump was diagnosed with bone spurs in his feet. The Army classified him 1-Y. That isn’t the end of it.

McCain left out a key detail — Trump was on the draft lottery despite the 1-Y since the bone spurs were temporarily disabling, but he received a very high number in the lottery and was not called. He got lucky.

Politifact addressed the issue:

“In the course of the Vietnam War, about 15.4 million men received deferments, were exempted or disqualified. In contrast to those millions, the government charged 210,000 people with draft violations, ranging from burning their draft cards to refusing to serve to fleeing the country.”

Politifact continues:

“Trump received his fourth and final college deferment on 16 January 1968. After graduating from Wharton, he was reclassified 1-A on 9 July 1968. Trump underwent an Armed Forces physical examination (with a result listed only as “DISQ”) on 19 September 1968 and was reclassified 1-Y (qualified for service only in time of war or national emergency) on 15 October 1968.”

The Trump campaign stated that the 1-Y classification stemmed from Trump having bone spurs in both heels:

“While attending the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School of Finance, Mr. Trump received a minor medical deferment for bone spurs on both heels of his feet. The medical deferment was expected to be short-term and he was therefore entered in the military draft lottery, where he received an extremely high number, 356 out of 365.”


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P. Luckinbill
P. Luckinbill
4 years ago

He’s no hero! Never was and never will be. His daddy and grandpa saved his ass while he was in the service, wrecking jets and killing American servicemen with his stupid stunts!

jim cochran
jim cochran
4 years ago

all this from the man that killed more AMERICANS than Vietnamese enemy in the Viet Nam war.

Kerry Lundy
Kerry Lundy
4 years ago

Sen McCain why didn’t your buddy Bill Clinton serve? My bad he was too busy smoking and not inhaling.

Mc Hammer
Mc Hammer
4 years ago

I too was a 1Y with a foot problem, took a physical with full anticipation to have to go…January 1970….the military doctor had one page to look at my history. I had injured my right foot in hockey and was as surprised as anyone…and we were poor…my families status never came up. My number the month before was 208….little above the middle. Never heard another word…so if McCain was talking about me he is the first person in government that ever brought it up. I never did a thing but wait and nothing ever changed. So, I have a feeling Me. Trump is not alone.

Freck Wilkinson
Freck Wilkinson
4 years ago

The reason Trump never got called was because he had a deferment from the draft! He was never on the draft pool because he found a excuse to stay out!

Paul Fitch
Paul Fitch
4 years ago

Obviously you missed elementary school as you don’t seem to be able to read an article written so a 5th grader could understand it.