Former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-NE) demanded that President Donald Trump show the nation X-rays of his feet to prove the existence of bone spurs in his heels that he used to claim a medical exemption from the Vietnam War draft.
Kerrey, former Navy SEAL officer during Vietnam who was ultimately put on SEAL Team One, said on Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°” that “you don’t grow out of bone spurs.”
His comments came after Trump unleashed another attack on the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Twitter and during an Ohio rally.
If Trump had them in the 1960s, Kerrey said, he’d likely still have them now unless he underwent surgery.
“This is the guy that showed up and said, ‘I don’t want to go to Vietnam, like [McCain] did,’” Kerrey explained. “He said, ‘I wasn’t eligible to go to Vietnam because I had bone spurs.’ You don’t grow out of bone spurs. I call on the president, get your feet x-rayed. Let’s see those x-rays. I want to see. While John McCain was flying combat operations in Vietnam, you were, I think, falsifying that you had bone spurs in order not to go to Vietnam. Now, I know lots of people who avoided the draft, but this isn’t what he’s saying. He said I physically couldn’t go. Well, Mr. President, get your feet x-rayed and let’s see those bone spurs. I don’t think he has them.”
Kerrey, who lost part of his right leg during the Vienam war, noted that Trump would likely still have them today unless he underwent surgery.
“Everything he’s saying is bad enough, but when he says, ‘He’s not my kind of guy because he went to Vietnam, because he was flying combat missions and got shot down, was held as a prisoner.’ That’s not your kind of guy?” Kerrey went on. “Who is your kind of guy? Your friends who falsified their records so they didn’t have to go? I think that’s the answer. I mean, I think he sees all of us who went to Vietnam as fools. We were the suckers. We were the stupid ones. We were the ones that didn’t have the resources to be able to get out of the draft.”
The former senator noted that Trump was a privileged rich kid who was able to buy his way out of the draft.
“So, show us your bone spurs,” Kerrey continued. “Let’s see those x-rays. Because I think the x-rays will show that he doesn’t have bone spurs and then he’d have to say, ‘OK, I didn’t want to go to Vietnam. I got out of the war. While John McCain was flying combat missions, I made every single effort I could to avoid the draft.’”
“I always find that the people who are actually the toughest people, who’ve actually risked their lives, sacrificed limbs, done incredible things, they’re not the ones saying how tough they are,” he said.
Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey challenges Trump to prove bone spurs actually prevented him from serving in Vietnam:
“He sees all of us who went to Vietnam as fools…we were the ones that didn’t have the resources to be able to get out of the draft. Let’s see those X-rays!” pic.twitter.com/T76aYSOUJj
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) March 21, 2019