Republicans Blast Trump for McCain Comments

road to the white house 2016Donald Trump created a firestorm Saturday when he doubted that Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is a war hero. The reaction was swift against Trump and came from around the political sphere. Several of Trump’s fellow Republican candidates reacted, as did the Republican National Committee and 2012 presidential nominee, former Governor Mitt Romney.

Former Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) praised McCain while also criticizing Trump. He also released a statement that called on Trump to withdraw from the presidential campaign. Perry was one of the first to respond to Trump’s comments.

Former Governor Jeb Bush, often a target of Trump’s, stood with McCain.

Dr. Ben Carson also praised McCain on Twitter late Saturday night. Earlier in the day, he was more hesitant to stand by McCain, saying, “It depends on your definition of a war hero.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) attacked Trump on Twitter.

Senator McCain’s friend and ally, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) criticized Trump and backed McCain in a series of tweets.

Senator McCain has also endorsed Senator Graham in his presidential run. Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) also lashed out at Trump while standing with McCain.

Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) also stood with McCain in his typical straight and blunt style.

Former Governor George Pataki (R-NY), who has been leading the anti-Trump campaign, said that the controversial remarks were unsurprising given their source.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who serves alongside McCain, defended McCain on Twitter, but stopped short of criticizing Trump.

Cruz and Trump have grown closer over the past weeks and the two met together this month. Some analysts feel Cruz is trying to piggy-back onto Trump’s rise or align himself with the businessman. Others feel that Cruz is setting himself to win over Trump supporters should his candidacy implode.

The Republican National Committee’s Communications Director, Sean Spicer, took the step of directly addressing Trump’s comments on behalf of the committee: “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.” Finally, 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) criticized Trump on Twitter for the remarks.

However, Trump responded to Romney on Twitter, asking why anyone would listen to a failed presidential candidate. He pointed out that both McCain and Romney lost to President Obama, but left out that he endorsed Romney in 2012.

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