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John McCain Dings Trump's Vietnam Draft Deferment Without Using His Name

The Arizona senator laments the rich were able to dodge the war.

Photo Credit: C-SPAN3

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) attacked President Donald Trump without mentioning his name during an interview for C-SPAN3’s American History TV.

The senator was discussing the Vietnam War, in which he served as a Navy pilot and became a POW after being shot down, when he raised the issue of classist draft procedures in the United States.

McCain used Trump's widely publicized reason for a medical deferment as an example of rich Americans buying their way out of military service.

“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 income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur,” McCain said. “That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”

Watch the exchange below.

Chris Sosa is a managing editor at AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.

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