‘Personally, I hope no one will be called upon to serve under a President T…I can’t bring myself to type the words,’ one retired admiral told The Daily Beast.
Retired high-ranking admirals are taking aim at the Donald Trump presidential campaign, outraged over the mogul’s questioning of Senator John McCain’s war record—and even saying they couldn’t imagine serving under him if he were to ever become commander in chief.
“Personally, I hope no one will be called upon to serve under a President T… I can’t bring myself to type the words,” retired Rear Admiral John Hutson, who once served as the Navy’s top lawyer, told The Daily Beast. “This kind of ad hominem name calling is beneath contempt… Senator McCain endured years of the cruelest, most inhuman treatment imaginable with intrepidity and honor.”
“I would not want to serve under anyone who thinks this is an appropriate comment,” said Donald J. Guter, a retired rear admiral and formerly the Navy’s top uniformed lawyer. “I cannot respect such comments from anyone, but especially from one who never served.”
After McCain labeled Trump’s supporters “crazies” in an interview with The New Yorker on Wednesday, Trump retaliated with a series of insults, culminating with his remarks about McCain’s military service at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa on Saturday. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, OK?”