Donald Trump has come under heavy fire from critics on both sides of the political aisle for mocking Arizona Sen. John McCain’s reputation as a war hero.
McCain, who ran for president in 2000 and 2008, has shaped much of his personal narrative around the five years he spent in captivity in Vietnam. There, he endured interrogation and torture and refused release until other POWs were let go first.
Meanwhile, Trump was able to avoid serving in the war. He received four student deferments, as well as a medical deferment. Trump graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League school, and he later claimed to be worth $200,000 at the time.