You can't accuse Donald Trump of failing to unite the Republican party. Unite the party against him, that is.
The outspoken presidential candidate, who hasn't yet met a target he didn't want to take a shot at, has incurred the wrath of fellow Republicans (and many more) once again with comments he made at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa.
"He's not a war hero," Trump said about Sen. John McCain, who famously spent five and a half years in a POW camp during the Vietnam War after being shot down in enemy territory.
"He's a war hero because he was captured," the real estate tycoon added. "I like people who weren't captured."
His fellow GOP presidential candidates and many more, including McCain's blogger daughter Meghan McCain, immediately piled on in defense of the senator's honor.
"I can't believe what I am reading this morning. Horrified. Disgusted. There are no words," Meghan tweeted. "I have a brother that just returned from Afghanistan a month ago, glad he can come home to this being said about his father and his service."
I can't believe what I am reading this morning. Horrified. Disgusted. There are no words.— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 18, 2015
I have a brother that just returned from Afghanistan a month ago, glad he can come home to this being said about his father and his service.— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 18, 2015
"After Donald Trump spends six years in a POW camp, he can weigh in on John McCain's service," tweeted Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is also seeking the Republican nomination in 2016.
Fellow candidate Jeb Bush also weighed in, tweeting, "Enough with the slanderous attacks. @ and all our veterans - particularly POWs have earned our respect and admiration."
And support for McCain has continued to rain down from the Twitterverse, with the consensus among his fellow nominees seeming to be that Trump is unfit to run for president. Read the epic tweets:
Enough with the slanderous attacks. @SenJohnMcCain and all our veterans - particularly POWs have earned our respect and admiration.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) July 18, 2015
John McCain is an American hero. I have nothing but respect for his service to our country.— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) July 18, 2015
After Donald Trump spends six years in a POW camp, he can weigh in on John McCain's service— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) July 18, 2015
I know @SenJohnMcCain. Senator John McCain is an American hero. Period. Stop.— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) July 18, 2015
.@SenJohnMcCain, like every other POW, went through hell & has earned our respect & gratitude— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 18, 2015
If there was ever any doubt that @realDonaldTrump should not be our commander in chief, this stupid statement should end all doubt.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 18, 2015
If there was ever any doubt that he should not be #GOP standard bearer, his growing mountain of stupid statements should end all doubt.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 18, 2015
At the heart of @realDonaldTrump statement is a lack of respect for those who have served - a disqualifying characteristic to be president— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 18, 2015
.@SenJohnMcCain is an American hero, period. I’ll denounce any attack against his service and anyone else who wears the uniform. -SW— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) July 18, 2015
.@SenJohnMcCain is an American hero. Every breath I breathe and every step I take is free because of brave Americans like John McCain.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) July 18, 2015
John McCain is an American hero. Although we have some policy disagreements, I'm proud to serve alongside him.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 18, 2015
.@SenJohnMcCain served w honor&courage-proud to call him a friend. GOP voters deserve better than outrageous statements & personal attacks.— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) July 18, 2015
Trump, who never served, making fun of Mccain because he was captured is beyond stupid. This guy is a serious idiot.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) July 18, 2015
I don't always see eye to eye with @SenJohnMcCain. But I honor his service and the sacrifices he made for our country.— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 18, 2015
America’s POWs deserve much better than to have their service questioned by the offensive rantings of Donald Trump— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 18, 2015
Trump's campaign, meanwhile, released a statement clarifying his remarks: He has great respect for American veterans, he's just "not a fan" of McCain.
"He is yet another all talk, no action politician who spends too much time on television and not enough time doing his job and helping the Vets," Trump said. "He is also allowing our military to decrease substantially in size and strength, something which should never be allowed to happen.
"Furthermore, he was extremely disrespectful to the thousands upon thousands of people, many of whom happen to be his constituents, that came to listen to me speak about illegal immigration in Phoenix last week by calling them 'crazies.'"
"It's very bad," McCain told The New Yorker this past week about the rally Trump held in Phoenix, during which he appeared alongside the father of a man who was killed by an undocumented immigrant. "This performance with our friend out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me. Because what he did was he fired up the crazies."