Trump’s Shameful McCain Obsession Continues

Sen. John McCain (left) and some other guy

As Politico reports, several prominent Republicans are (finally) coming to the defense of the late Sen. John McCain after President Trump started attacking McCain’s legacy as part of his Sunday Tweetstorm:

Senate Republicans are stepping up their defense of John McCain. And Donald Trump is ignoring them entirely.

In just his latest bid to tarnish McCain’s legacy and reshape the GOP in his own image, the president offered a new set of attacks on the dead Arizona senator even after Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) blasted Trump for “deplorable“ behavior on Wednesday and other Republicans issued statements defending their former colleague.

But Trump made clear at an appearance in Lima, Ohio, that he’s simply not going to adjust his public views of McCain just because it makes his own party uncomfortable.

Trump said on Wednesday of McCain that he “never liked him much … probably never will” and dinged him again for passing the Steele dossier, a mostly unverified report focusing on the president’s alleged ties to Russia, to the FBI. Trump said McCain’s vote against Obamacare repeal ended up “badly hurting our nation.” He also said McCain, who worked on expanding veterans’ health options with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), “didn’t get the job done for our great vets in the V.A., and they knew it.”

Isakson, the Georgia Republican who chairs the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee, went off on Trump’s criticism of McCain in an interview with “The Bulwark” and called on fellow Republicans to follow suit. As Politico notes, South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham has spoken out meekly about Trump’s comments; mostly, Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have praised McCain but generally avoided talking about Trump:

Such a brave statement. 🙄

If Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) says anything about Trump’s repeated attacks on McCain, we’ll be sure to update this page. Maybe he’ll feel more like talking after seeing this ridiculousness from Trump today. The explanation in the Tweet below is only a slight exaggeration, as you’ll see from watching the video:


16 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. bullshit!bullshit! says:

    McCain nostalgia is like Bush nostalgia. Fuck we've come to a low spot to genuinely miss these guys.

  2. DavieDavie says:

    As Ben Mathis-Lilley of Slate puts it:

    The Frog Has Been Fully Boiled

  3. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    John McSame has died.

    Any decent obituary of John McCain has to be as much about the media fawning over him as about the man himself. This was a not a good man and yet no one was more lionized by the Beltway media establishment in the entire recent history of American politics; possibly no one since John F. Kennedy has received more fawning coverage and much of that for JFK was post-1963. Why McCain received this adoration may remain a mystery to historians for years because it’s completely nonsensical based on the man’s actual career. 

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      What's an Erik Loomis (author of your linked piece)?

      • DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

        Google is your friend.


        • Conserv. Head Banger says:

          I'm aware of Google. Loomis is just a hit-piece writer in need of something more substantial in life.

            • Conserv. Head Banger says:

              I've subscribed to The Progressive off and on since the 1970s whenever I wanted to get a good dose of far left wing dippyness.

              I subscribe to Mother Jones as it has better writing and is far more coherent. I also get Hightower Lowdown; both of which balance off my subscriptions for the other side of politics; National Review and Washington Examiner.

              • DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

                What does that have to do with Loomis being a history professor and author of numerous books?

                • Conserv. Head Banger says:

                  Read your own link. Progressive Magazine calls Loomis a "brilliant historian."

                  • DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

                    All the logical fallacies in the world won't save you from your absurd assertion.

                    All his books are hit-pieces? 

                    Being a history professor is not something substantial?


                    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

                      John McCain should be judged only by those who have sacrificed one percent as much for this country as he did.  Neither the yellow bellied coward now on the White House or Erik Loomis qualifies.

                    • Curmudgeon says:

                      "When the North Vietnamese discovered that McCain’s father was an admiral, he became a showpiece for them and he was treated a little better and received medical care for his wounds, although he certainly received his share of brutality after that too. He was moved from prison to prison, including two years of solitary confinement than began in March 1968. Torture started to break him. He considered suicide but was interrupted while preparing for it. He signed a bogus confession, and was later ashamed, but of course no one can really stand up to torture. He finally was released from prison in 1973, after five hellish years. Whether all this makes him a “hero” or not is a question I guess you will have to decide. I certainly don’t question the man’s toughness or personal bravery. I don’t find the term hero particularly useful and I’m unclear how this qualifies someone for the title as opposed to, I don’t know, organizing people to lift themselves out of poverty, but this is a battle I recognize I will never win. In any case, I don’t think his history should have meant anything when it came to political respectability but of course it did."

                      I didn't serve in Vietnam. but I served with people who did. Loomis is a snide, insulting POS who is richly deserving of a punch in the mouth.


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