He noted that McCain started the war of words, after all.
BY CHRISTOPHER AGEE
Acknowledging upfront that he is “no apologist” for the brash presidential contender, radio host Rush Limbaugh still said the backlash against Donald Trump over his recent remarks regarding Sen. John McCain’s war record has been largely misleading.
Regarding widespread reports that Trump denied the former prisoner of war is a hero, Limbaugh deferred to investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson’s analysis and concluded he “did not say what he’s being reputed to have said.”
In fact, Limbaugh pointed to the fact that Trump has since corrected his initial misstatement multiple times.
“He said it one time,” the host said of Trump’s flub, “he was answering a question, and he said that McCain’s not a hero, captured; and he changed and said four different times he is a hero – he is a war hero. McCain is a war hero. He said that four times.”
Some national media outlets, however, have failed to report the subsequent clarifications, Limbaugh charged.
“What actually was said by the offending party and the context in which it was said are purposely blurred, lied about or ignored,” he said.
An underlying issue, Limbaugh concluded, can be found in the disparate reactions McCain and Trump received for their respective parts in the recent public squabble. The host noted that McCain started the war of words, after all, when he referred to Trump’s supporters as “crazies.”
While Trump is being excoriated for his comments, however, Limbaugh said that there is no corresponding call for McCain to disavow his rhetoric.
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