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Donald Trump in Ames, Iowa. His comments about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., raised questions about Trump's Vietnam draft record. (NYT) Donald Trump in Ames, Iowa. His comments about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., raised questions about Trump's Vietnam draft record. (NYT)

Donald Trump in Ames, Iowa. His comments about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., raised questions about Trump's Vietnam draft record. (NYT)

Jon Greenberg
By Jon Greenberg July 22, 2015

Ronald Kuby, a criminal and civil rights lawyer and talk show host, appeared on WABC-AM in New York City on July 15, 2015, three days before Donald Trump made his controversial comments about the Vietnam War military service of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Kuby highlighted the multiple student deferments Trump himself had received, and how he finally got a medical exemption that staved off the draft.

Trump "was a Vietnam draft dodger," Kuby said.

We asked Kuby what he meant and he explained, "I use the term broadly to mean anyone who took advantage of deferments to avoid being drafted."

PunditFact decided it was worth taking a closer look at what the term "draft dodger" actually means, and whether Trump's actions fit the definition. Read the whole story here.

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Email interview, Michael Tigar, professor of the practice of law emeritus, Duke Law School, July 20, 2015

Email interview, Ronald Kuby, attorney and radio host, WABC, July 20, 2015

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