Last summer, the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump made interestingly controversial comments regarding Sen. John McCain’s war hero status. Trump remarked he does not count someone captured as prisoner of war (POW) a hero.
During the Vietnam War in 1967, McCain served as a Naval aviator, and his plane was struck down by enemy gunfire. He was captured, and was proceeded to extensive measures of torture at a war camp in North Vietnam until the Paris Peace Accords of 1973.
McCain has called for Trump to retract his statement if he is to continue as the GOP nominee, and many GOP leaders believe this would be a step in unification of the Republican Party. Trump has revealed in a radio interview with Don Imus he has recanted those statements, saying “I like John McCain, and John McCain is a hero.”
However, Trump does note he does not regret making those initial comments, stating plenty of voters agreed with his sentiment. This was evident by 7 point percentage spike after he made the comments last summer. “I don’t, you know — I like not to regret anything,” Trump said. “You do things and you say things. And what I said, frankly, is what I said. And you know some people like what I said, if you want to know the truth. Many people that like what I said. You know after I said that, my poll numbers went up seven points.”