LOS ANGELES – Filipino World War II veterans and their advocates are taking a stand against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and are standing up for Trump’s recent target: Arizona Senator John McCain.
“He is a war hero because he was captured. Ok you can have, and I believe perhaps he is war hero. But right now he said some very bad things about a lot of people,” said Trump. “I like the people that don’t get captured, and I respect the people that do get captured.”
Filipino World War II veterans have denounced Trump’s remarks, saying that the 2008 Republican presidential candidate has been a friend to FilVets, often throwing support for legislation that benefits them.
“We owe Senator McCain a big deal for fighting for our Filipino World War Two veterans,” explained Arturo Garcia of Justice for Filipino American Veterans.
Garcia says the insults against prisoners of war has also hurt veterans, many who were captured in the Bataan Death March of World War II.
“The veterans surrendered in Bataan. They were all captured and are prisoners of war. He’s degrading the Philippine veterans and people like John McCain who were captured by the enemy forces,” said Garcia.
Despite the insults, the 78-year-old McCain isn’t demanding an apology.
“No, I don’t think so. But 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,” said McCain.
In the few weeks since the real estate mogul announced his candidacy for president, he has drawn flack for comments regarding Mexican immigrants. Fellow Republican presidential contender have also been denouncing some of trump’s controversial comments.