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

Associated Press

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.”

Michael serves as NHPR's Program Director. Michael came to NHPR in 2012, working as the station's newscast producer/reporter. In 2015, he took on the role of Morning Edition producer. Michael worked for eight years at The Telegraph of Nashua, covering education and working as the metro editor.
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