Trump sparked immediate backlash from his fellow Republican candidates, July 18, 2015, when he appeared to mock Senator John McCain's military record during a speaking engagement at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa.
"He's not a war hero," Trump said when moderator Frank Luntz brought up McCain, who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Then, qualifying his original statement, he said, "He's a war hero 'cause he was captured. I like people that weren't captured, OK?"
Politicos predicted that these comments would tank Trump's numbers, but they were wrong. As of August 5, 2015, the billionaire businessman is still polling at the top of the pack, so he will take center stage at the first official Republican debate.