Retired Navy Admiral: Trump 'Isn't Fit to Polish John McCain's Boots'

Jul 28, 2016

John Hutson, a retired Navy rear admiral, speaks during the third night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Wednesday night, a retired Navy rear admiral with New Hampshire ties described Donald Trump as too erratic to lead the nation’s military.

John Hutson, who served as dean of the UNH School of Law for a decade, criticized the Republican nominee for endorsing torture and for proposals he says would require U.S. troops to commit war crimes.

“This very morning, he personally invited Russia to hack us,” Hutson said. “That’s not law and order; that’s criminal intent.”

He also took Trump to task for saying Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war, isn’t a war hero.

“I served in the same Navy as John McCain. I used to vote in the same party as John McCain,” Hutson said. “Donald, you’re not fit to polish John McCain’s boots.”

Hutson, a registered Republican, endorsed Hillary Clinton, saying she has the experience and temperament to be Commander-in-Chief.

“Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who knows how to work with our allies, who has a specific plan to defeat ISIS,” he said. “She’s smart and she’s steady.”