Veterans: Register’s Trump editorial ‘nailed it’

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Retired U.S. Army generals in Iowa on Wednesday called Donald Trump’s criticism of U.S. Sen. John McCain insulting to all veterans.

They also voiced support for an editorial by The Des Moines Register that calls for Trump to drop out of the presidential race.

Paul Eaton, a retired major general, and Steven Anderson, a retired brigadier general, visited Des Moines on Wednesday for a news conference to stress the importance of the renewable fuels standard as a national security issue.

During an interview with the Register’s editorial board, Anderson criticized Trump’s assertion in Iowa last Saturday that McCain is “not a war hero.” McCain spent five years as a prisoner during the Vietnam War.”

“I think what he said was an insult to anybody who’s ever put a uniform on,” Anderson said. “I read the editorial, and you guys hit it out of the park, nailed it.”

Trump on Tuesday had called the editorial “sophomoric.”

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McCain’s service held special resonance for Eaton, whose father went missing in action during the Vietnam War. His remains were not identified and buried until 2007.

“When we had Project Homecoming, when John McCain stepped off that airplane,” Eaton said, “that was a very emotional event in my family.”

Eaton and Anderson traveled to Iowa with Jon Soltz, co-founder of VoteVets.org, a progressive group that advocates for veterans and their families. Soltz, who served as an Army major in Iraq, described those who applauded Trump after Saturday’s remarks as “a small segment of the GOP base.”

“I think what you were seeing in that hall was a small sample of Iowans that unfortunately have a large effect on the caucus,” Soltz said. “And that’s the concern, I think, going forward.”

Trump is the current frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president nationallyand second in Iowa, according to a rolling average of polls compiled by RealClearPolitics.

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