What Donald Trump Was Up to While John McCain Was a Prisoner of War
One of these men served his nation, his fellow prisoners, his state of residence. The other served himself. One of these men made policy and law. The other made bondholders and banks pick up his 4 bankrupt messes, and even lost control of his name of the businesses.
One of these men ran for President and made the worst VP choice in history, lost and quietly went back home and to work in the legislature. The other just will simply not STFU. Ever it seems.
What Donald Trump was up to while John McCain was a prisoner of war
By Michael E. Miller and Fred Barbash July 20 at 5:43 AM
Left: John S. McCain, USN, is shown in this undated photo lying injured in North Vietnam wearing an arm cast. He was held prisoner during the Vietnam War. (AP)
Right: Donald Trump in 1976. (Tom Allen/The Washington Post)
It was the spring of 1968, and Donald Trump had it good.
He was 21 years old and handsome with a full head of hair. He avoided the Vietnam War draft on his way to earning an Ivy League degree. He was fond of fancy dinners, beautiful women and outrageous clubs. Most important, he had a job in his father’s real estate company and a brain bursting with money-making ideas that would make him a billionaire.
“When I graduated from college, I had a net worth of perhaps $200,000,” he said in his 1987 autobiography “Trump: The Art of the Deal,” written with Tony Schwartz. (That’s about $1.4 million in 2015 dollars.) “I had my eye on Manhattan.”
More than 8,000 miles away, John McCain sat in a tiny, squalid North Vietnamese prison cell. The Navy pilot’s body was broken from a plane crash, starvation, botched operations and months of torture.