Most peoples who remotely keep up with the news, know that on the 25th of August 2018, the last of the republican giants in the US Congress passed away, Senator John McCain of Arizona at 81. He joins those like republicans Senator Bob Dole and President George H.W. Bush and democrats like Senators Ted Kennedy and Tip O’Neal where terms like honor, decency, sacrifice, compromise were not foreign words.
The republican President Donald J. Trump made a point of attempting to diminish the heroism of Senator McCain, a Vietnam Prisoner of War who suffered torture for years and refused an early release until his men were also treated likewise. President Trump who avoided serving in the military during the Vietnam War, openly commented that Senator McCain was no hero for just being captured.
Even on the 27th day of August 2018, President Trump has refused to fly the US flag at the White House, at half mast.
As late as August 13, 2018 and as per the 8/14/18 AP report, “President Donald Trump on Monday signed a $716 billion defense policy bill named for John McCain but included no mention in his remarks of the Republican senator, who is battling brain cancer at home in Arizona.”
“Trump and McCain are engaged in a long-running feud that dates to Trump’s 2016 presidential run. At campaign rallies, Trump regularly castigates McCain — without outright naming him — for casting a dramatic thumbs-down vote that doomed Trump’s effort last year to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which was enacted by President Barack Obama.”
It turns out that Senator McCain who passed away battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, will be returning the middle finger to President Trump even in his death. While leaders and peoples of import from around the world will be paying their respects to Senator McCain and his family, and the former US Presidents democratic Barack Obama and the republican George W. Bush will be delivering his eulogy, Senator McCain has left specific instructions that President Trump NOT be invited.
It’s not surprising that the republican President Donald J. Trump couldn’t comport himself to act with grace and a modicum degree of decency by granting Senator McCain his due as a hero in his condolence remarks. He refused to send the one originally drafted and opted for a lukewarm option.
Here is the rest of the story…
On August 26, 2018, Josh Dawsey of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Trump rejected plans for a White House statement praising McCain”
“President Trump nixed issuing a statement that praised the heroism and life of Sen. John McCain, telling senior aides he preferred to issue a tweet before posting one Saturday night that did not include any kind words for the late Arizona Republican.”
“Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and other White House aides advocated for an official statement that gave the decorated Vietnam War POW plaudits for his military and Senate service and called him a “hero,” according to current and former White House aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations. The original statement was drafted before McCain died Saturday, and Sanders and others edited a final version this weekend that was ready for the president, the aides said.”
“But Trump told aides he wanted to post a brief tweet instead, and the statement praising McCain’s life was not released.”
“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!” Trump posted Saturday evening shortly after McCain’s death was announced.”
“It’s atrocious,” Mark Corallo, a former spokesman for Trump’s legal team and a longtime Republican strategist, said of Trump’s reaction to McCain’s death. “At a time like this, you would expect more of an American president when you’re talking about the passing of a true American hero.”
“As tributes poured in, the president who said McCain was “not a war hero” spent much of Sunday at his golf course in Virginia and did not utter a word publicly. In the afternoon, he returned to the White House, where the flags were lowered to half-staff in honor of McCain.”
“Trump’s Twitter account was silent Sunday other than reprising screeds against the investigation into Russian election interference and boasting about a buoyant economy. “Fantastic numbers on consumer spending released on Friday!” Trump posted en route to the Virginia course Sunday morning. “Stock Market hits all time high!” Later Sunday, he accused the news media of giving Obama credit for his accomplishments, posting an excerpt of a weeks-old piece from the Washington Times.”