On Tuesday, February 26, President Donald Trump sent this tweet boasting about his trip to Vietnam while also mocking Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) who was the center of a 2010 controversy where he claimed to have spent time in Vietnam while in the Marine Corps when, in fact, he had not.
I have now spent more time in Vietnam than Da Nang Dick Blumenthal, the third rate Senator from Connecticut (how is Connecticut doing?). His war stories of his heroism in Vietnam were a total fraud – he was never even there. We talked about it today with Vietnamese leaders!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 27, 2019
If there’s anyone who shouldn’t be bragging about his time in Vietnam, it’s President Donald Trump, who received multiple draft determents for alleged “bone spurs.” The daughters of the podiatrist who diagnosed Trump’s spurs recently told the New York Times that their father got Donald Trump out of the draft as “a favor” to his father, Fred Trump.
Fortunately, Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Senator John McCain, who was held in captivity and tortured by the Vietcong during while serving in the military, had the perfect question for the President:
Have you taken a trip to the Hanoi Hilton yet? https://t.co/hR7LgV6RJt
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) February 27, 2019
The “Hanoi Hilton” is what prisoners of the North Vietnamese used to call their jails. McCain’s not-so-subtle jab at the President’s cowardice and arrogance had Twitter laughing nonstop.
This "Drop the Mike Moment" brought to you by Meghan McCain. Thank you.
— DumptheDonald (@cincyboy39) February 27, 2019
That *is* the question of the day, Meghan. Bravo!
— risafeely (@risafeely1) February 27, 2019
He thinks it’s s very fine hotel. Not as nice as a Trump hotel, certainly not as nice as Mar-a-lago, but very nice.
— kristen g ⭐️ 208A1????, ⭐️⭐️ 210A4???? (@nomadpdx) February 27, 2019
Complicating matters still further, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen testified before Congress on Wednesday, February 27, saying he’d had conversations with the President which allegedly confirm Trump dodged the draft:
“…when I asked for medical records, he gave me none and said there was no surgery. He finished the conversation with the following comment: ‘You think I’m stupid, I wasn’t going to Vietnam.’”
No matter their political affiliation, everyone on Twitter had to pass Meghan McCain props for her sick burn:
I don’t always agree with you but burns like this, I can agree with. ????????????????????????
— MrsD (@J_BDahn) February 27, 2019
Others felt the swipe may have been a bit too high brow for its recipient.
Meghan, you are giving 45 too much credit. I don't think he knows what Hanoi Hilton is or refers to.
— virginia lopez (@Vlopez118Lopez) February 27, 2019
The tweet also served as a reminder of how much many missed the late Senator McCain.
I have a friend that is currently living in Vietnam for three years when your dad passed she had posted on Facebook how the people there loved him and how they were reacting I hope he sees that I hope he sees that Vietnam loved your father for what he did after the war.
— Lora Achille (@Lora1069) February 27, 2019
Thank you Meghan..I am so grateful for your Father's service..my brother & my husband are VietNam Vets. ???????? God bless America!
— Pamela P RocknRollNurse (@RocknRollNurse1) February 27, 2019
Trump and Senator John McCain had a tumultuous relationship since the reality star began his presidential campaign. During an interview, Trump once said he resented McCain’s status as a war hero, and that the term “hero” should be reserved for those who weren’t captured. McCain would later cast the deciding vote that tanked Trump’s planned repeal of Obamacare.
People couldn’t believe Trump’s audacity. If there’s one person who should probably be avoiding the topic of serving in Vietnam, it’s him.
Can’t believe #CadetBoneSpurs has the audacity to talk smack about someone’s lack of wartime service
— Nik Andresky (@NikolaiAndresky) February 28, 2019
Sometimes a quality clapback is the only way to put the world right.
My day is complete.
— jimmy williams (@Jimmyspolitics) February 27, 2019
He was going to but, you know, the ol' bone spurs flared up again. Send him your thoughts and prayers
— Sean B (@Seanb1829) February 28, 2019
Well done, Meghan! Your father, the maverick of the Senate, would be proud.
We miss the Maverick.
— M. Clive (@SalishSeaShore) February 28, 2019