Donald Trump on John McCain.

Donald Trump on John McCain.

“It’s pretty hard to win a Republican primary when veterans are protesting outside your speeches,” Luntz said. [Mike Allen’s Playbook]

WITH NOTHING to lose he is trying to prove that no one is going to shame Donald Trump. He’s getting help from Sharyl Attkisson who dissects what Trump said, that he in fact modified his statement about McCain immediately, with the Washington Post missing “context.”

From Attkisson fact-checking the Washington Post

2. When a panelist characterized McCain as a “war hero,” the Post is accurate in reporting that Trump initially said McCain is “not a war hero.” But then, Trump immediately modified his statement saying– four times– that McCain is a war hero:

“He is a war hero.”

“He’s a war hero because he was captured.”

“He’s a war hero, because he was captured.”

“I believe, perhaps, he’s a war hero. But right now, he’s said some very bad things about a lot of people.”

3. Did Trump say McCain is not a war hero because he was captured? No, not in the exchanges represented in the Post.

From Trump’s piece in USA Today

During my entire business career, I have always made supporting veterans a top priority because our heroes deserve the very best for defending our freedom. Our Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals are outdated dumps. I will build the finest and most modern veterans hospitals in the world. The current medical assistance to our veterans is a disaster. A Trump administration will provide the finest universal access health care for our veterans. They will be able to get the best care anytime and anywhere.

Thanks to McCain and his Senate colleague Bernie Sanders, their legislation to cover up the VA scandal, in which 1,000+ veterans died waiting for medical care, made sure no one has been punished, charged, jailed, fined or held responsible. McCain has abandoned our veterans. I will fight for them.

The reality is that John McCain the politician has made America less safe, sent our brave soldiers into wrong-headed foreign adventures, covered up for President Obama with the VA scandal and has spent most of his time in the Senate pushing amnesty. He would rather protect the Iraqi border than Arizona’s. He even voted for the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, which allows Obama, who McCain lost to in a record defeat, to push his dangerous Iran nuclear agreement through the Senate without a supermajority of votes.

Donald Trump is no politician. If he was he would have apologized days ago.

I’ve never been a fan of public apologies from famous people who step in it, especially when most are rarely sorry and are only focused on covering their ass. We’ve become awash in this sort of script and it’s farcical.

Trump is made for the slow, steamy days of summer.