Reminder: Al Franken Said McCain No War Hero, Too

"As far as I'm concerned he sat out the war."

Donald Trump's now infamous slap against John McCain's war hero status is an almost identical echo from the past of another famous-person-turned-politician, Sen. Al Franken.

Back in the year 2000, the then-comedian and Saturday Night Live alum said that he did not consider McCain a war hero. Speaking at that time to Salon about the upcoming election, Franken said:

I doubt I could cross the line and vote Republican. I have tremendous respect for McCain but I don’t buy the war hero thing. Anybody can be captured. I thought the idea was to capture them. As far as I’m concerned he sat out the war.

This long-forgotten jab has recently resurfaced because of Trump's insistence of the same.  Trump recently said of McCain: "He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured, okay? I hate to tell you."

Trump has since doubled down on his statement, but according to Franken's spokesman Michael Dale-Stein, his jab was just a joke. It did, however, come up during Franken's radio show four years after he said it on the now-defunct progressive Air America radio station when McCain was a guest in 2004. He said to the senator:

I mean, I consider you a hero, tremendous political courage, not, you know, the thing about five years, or five and a half years at the Hanoi Hilton; as far as I'm concerned you just sat out the war. I don't consider that real heroism. Anybody can get captured, right?