If there’s one thing Donald Trump is good at, it’s not letting go. Once you’ve hit a raw nerve with Trump, you’re an enemy for life. And beyond.
Last weekend, Trump once again attacked John McCain – an “enemy” who passed away months ago. The late senator committed the unforgivable sins of criticizing Trump… then failing to support Trump’s every wish in the Senate.
Now, I was rarely a fan of McCain’s take on policy matters. But I couldn’t take issue with his patriotism or valor. For Trump, however, personal loyalty is more important.
Let’s take a quick look at the service of this man Trump keeps attacking…
Draft Dodger vs. Career Soldier
Donald Trump received four draft deferments while attending college. When he graduated, he hit the jackpot. He was diagnosed with bone spurs – earning a medical deferment.
Oddly, right up till his graduation, Trump had been athletically active – playing squash, football, and other sports. And the diagnosis didn’t seem to slow him down afterward, either.
The doctor who provided the diagnosis died in 2007, but his daughters claim it was an open secret in the family the diagnosis was just a “favor” to Fred Trump, Donald’s father… and the doctor’s landlord.
Meanwhile, how about John McCain’s military record?
A graduate of the U.S. Naval academy, McCain was commissioned an ensign in 1958. Trained as a flier, McCain served in Vietnam, until being shot down over Hanoi in 1967.
He was captured, imprisoned, and tortured by the North Vietnamese. When given the option of release, he refused until those held longer were let go. McCain finally returned home at the end of the war in 1973.
By the time McCain retired from the Navy in 1981, he had earned 17 awards and decorations. These include a Bronze Star, a Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He retired with the rank of Captain, serving out the end of his military career as a Navy liaison to the U.S. Senate.
Obviously, this is a senior statesman who deserves respect. Not according to Trump.
Trump Only Shows Respect When You Agree With Him
Trump’s tweets about John McCain run the gamut. If it appeared McCain was throwing his support to Trump, the tweets were positive. If not, Trump had no trouble running him down. (Remember that comment from Trump saying McCain wasn’t a hero because he got caught?)
- July 27, 2015: “McCain hasn’t done anything for the Vets; fact! He only talks about himself!”
- Oct 5, 2016: “Thank you @SenJohnMcCain for your kind remarks on the important issue of PTSD and the dishonest media. Great to be in Arizona yesterday!”
- Oct 11, 2016: “The very foul mouthed Sen. John McCain begged for my support during his primary (I gave, he won), then dropped me over locker room remarks!”
- July 25, 2017: “So great that John McCain is coming back to vote. Brave – American hero! Thank you John.”
- Mar 17, 2019: “So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) “last in his class” (Annapolis) John McCain that sent the Fake Dossier to the FBI and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election. He & the Dems, working together, failed (as usual). Even the Fake News refused this garbage!”
It’s important to note here Senator McCain had an excellent record on veteran’s issues. He co-sponsored a 2014 bill to overhaul the Dept. Of Veterans Affairs… worked with Bernie Sanders to improve veterans’ access to health care… In 2014 alone, his office helped some 3,500 veterans. And only half were his AZ constituents.
As is so often the case, Trump’s attacks have been outside the realm of reality. And his support is entirely situational.
But attacking a genuine hero? After the hero’s death. That’s a step too low… even for Trump.
[Note: I rarely post twice in a day. But when Trump dodges the draft – and then attacks a genuine American hero – well, that’s too much. Especially when that hero passed just recently. Every vet knows Senator McCain fought for them tooth and nail. Trump’s utter lack respect reveals his absence of character.]