Donald Trump offended many Americans in 2015 when he belittled the military service of Sen. John McCain by saying, “He’s a war hero because he was captured.”
At one point in the 12-minute feature, which focused on Trump’s flirtation with the Reform Party, the future president insults McCain, who was running for president at the time, with a now familiar insult.
“He was captured,” Trump said. “Does being captured make you a hero? I don’t know. I’m not sure.”
Trump, on the other hand, avoided the draft with one medical and four student deferments.
Although Trump’s comments about McCain are similar to ones he made more recently, the video shows how times have changed ― at least in terms of how voters viewed a Trump candidacy.
Unlike in 2016, the 1999 Trump didn’t make a great impression on voters. One person attending a Reform Party event at the time in California said Trump’s insistence on attacking other members of the party “was very disrespectful.”
Another attendee had an opinion that Trump’s critics today might find very prescient.
“I think he’s a con man and ought to go back to New York,” the man said.
The complete video appears below. Trump’s comments about McCain begin at the 6:00 mark.