Perry calls Trump's comments a 'bullet' that hit veterans
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Former Texas Gov. Rick PerryRick PerrySondland brings impeachment inquiry to White House doorstep Overnight Energy: BLM employees who buck relocation must leave by early next year | Trump officials move to weaken efficiency standards for quick dishwashers | California officials boycott LA auto show in warning to industry Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Senate eyes sending stopgap spending bill back to House | Sondland delivers bombshell impeachment testimony | Pentagon deputy says he didn't try to block official's testimony MORE lashed out at fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE on Sunday over “offensive” comments the real estate mogul made about Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBudowsky: Trump destroying GOP in 2018, '19, '20 Conservative group cuts ties with Michelle Malkin Democratic debate at Tyler Perry's could miss the mark with black voters MORE (R-Ariz.).

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Trump questioned McCain’s status as a war hero over the weekend — but the gaffe could cost him with an important base of Republican voters: military veterans.

Perry, who served in the Air Force, called Trump’s comments a “bullet that went through John McCain and hit a lot of us that were in the uniform of this country.”

Trump taunted McCain on Saturday at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured,” he said sarcastically.

Perry pounced on Trump’s comments in a play for veterans’ votes.

“This time, he’s been able to offend one of the most beloved groups in America, and that’s our veterans,” Perry said. "I just really don’t understand his strategy here.”

“It matters that we have a commander in chief that respects what those individuals have done,” Perry added.