The Trump Presidency (take 2) in Anything but Football Posted 24 minutes ago 1 hour ago, Billy Ocean said: Let's take a fun trip down memory lane. Here's what Jeb had to say back in 2015 after Trump said that McCain is only considered a hero because he was captured: In 2004, a group called the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth spent millions of dollars attacking the military service of Vietnam veteran John Kerry. The group claimed that Kerry lied about his service and was awarded military honors he didn’t deserve. The basis for these claims were definitively proven false, but the group carried on with their campaign anyway. (The claims were first published in a book by Jerome Corsi) In January 2005, the day before his brother’s second inaugural, Jeb wrote a letter to the leader of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, expressing his appreciation for the smear campaign. Celebrating the “Swifties,” as he called them, Jeb wrote to retired Col. Bud Day, “Please let them know that I am personally appreciative of their service to our nation. As someone who truly understands the risk of standing up for something, I simply cannot express in words how much I value their willingness to stand up against John Kerry.” Day had said that Kerry, a recipient of the Silver Star and three Purple Hearts, would “go down in history sometime as the Benedict Arnold of 1971.” George W. Bush had called the charges made by the Swift Boat Veterans "compelling." When questioned as to why Jeb felt comfortable with ugly attacks that smeared one decorated veteran but not another, Bush’s campaign spokesperson told CNN: “We reject the entire premise. A thank you letter to Col. Bud Day, Medal of Honor winner and Air Force Cross recipient, twice captured as a POW, is not in any way analogous to condemning Donald Trump’s slanderous attack on John McCain.” When his brother was on the ballot, Jeb thought the smearing of a war hero was worthy of recognition and admiration. But when it was Trump doing the smearing, while leading Jeb in the polls, Jeb was outraged. Guess what Republican had the integrity and decency to condemn the swift boat attacks? McCain deplores anti-Kerry ad The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, called an ad criticizing John Kerry’s military service “dishonest and dishonorable” and urged the White House on Thursday to condemn it as well.