Donald Trump: Why Insult Immigrants When You Can Alienate Own Party?

by
Indrani Sengupta
Donald Trump appears to be running out of people to offend. What's he going to do once he reaches the last dregs of his supporter pool? Attack his constituents? Condemn 1970s era Donald Trump?

Now that Donald Trump has sufficiently offended the Hispanic/immigrant population

he’s moved on to a new target: fellow Republicans.

It’s a strategy that most advisors would warn against—alienating your own party. You know, if Trump listened to his advisors, and didn’t just march to the beat of his own ridiculous drum.

This past Saturday, Trump attacked 2008 Republican Presidential nominee John McCain. Vietnam veteran McCain was held for over five years as a prisoner of war, but Trump doesn’t think that qualifies as “heroism.”

“He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, OK?”

Then Trump proceeded to dismiss McCain’s academic achievements at the US Naval Academy. 
Many Republicans stood by Trump’s anti-immigration comments (and by “stood by” we mean “vigorously applauded”), but anti-military doesn’t go over too well with the GOP

One person described the move as “lethal,” while another expects “a complete cratering” of Trump’s support. Fellow Presidential hopeful Rick Perry called for Trump’s withdrawal from the race. 

Donald J. Trump's reprehensible comments today about John McCain's POW service make him unfit to be Commander-in-Chief &...

Posted by Rick Perry on  Saturday, July 18, 2015

Up until this moment, Trump was (bafflingly) at the forefront of the Republican polls. Now the whole Republican party has distanced themselves from him.

But Trump refused to apologize in the aftermath, despite the uproar. 

"People that fought hard and weren't captured and went through a lot, they get no credit. Nobody even talks about them. They're like forgotten. And I think that's a shame, if you want to know the truth.”

“[McCain’s] all talk and no action.”

Let’s take a moment to recall what Trump was doing while McCain was languishing in a Hanoi prison cell: body broken from a plane crash, beaten repeatedly, subjected to botched operations, and starved. 

Trump avoided the draft; he received deferments in 1964, 1965, 1966, and 1968 in order to stay out the war. He had a cushy gig at his father’s real estate company, and was making $200,000 a year by the time he graduated from an Ivy League. Add to that the fancy dinners, the club memberships, a trophy girl on each arm. 

Is that what “action” looks like?

Wait to go, Trump. Making all the other Reps look reasonable by comparison.

I am not a fan of John McCain because he has done so little for our Veterans and he should know better than anybody what...

Posted by Donald J. Trump on  Saturday, July 18, 2015

Nonetheless, McCain says he doesn’t need an apology from Trump. 

 “I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving our country.”

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