John McCain Says Trump Needs To Apologize To Veterans
This weekend, in response to John McCain characterizing his followers as “crazies,” Donald Trump stated that people only think of McCain as a “a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
It’s worth noting here that Donald Trump himself did not serve in Vietnam, having gotten four student deferments and one medical deferment to avoid being drafted.
McCain appeared on “Morning Joe” on Monday to discuss the comments, and when asked if he thought Trump owed him an apology, said that he shouldn’t apologize to him, but to all veterans, particularly other prisoners of war.
“No, I don’t think so. But I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving their country.
There are so many men, and some women, who served and sacrificed and happened to be held prisoner and somehow to denigrate that, in any way, their service I think is offensive.”
McCain said he wasn’t a hero, and that honor belonged to his commanding officers. I don’t know–I don’t like the guy, but he could have gotten out early because of his dad, and he stayed until all his men were released, and I have to respect that.
And yeah, what Trump said is incredibly, incredibly offensive. It was a horrible thing to say. It is an abjectly cruel thing to say about people who went through something unimaginably horrible.
Although most other Republican 2016 candidates have been scrambling to disavow Trump’s comments, the base itself is more supportive. Yesterday, for masochistic reasons I can barely explain, I decided to go have a look and see what commenters over at The Blaze thought of them. I think because I thought to myself “OK. We disagree on most things, probably almost everything, but there is just no way they’re going to defend this. That’s not even possible. Who would do that?”
I was wrong.
They were actually quite supportive of Trump. Very supportive in fact. They felt it was deserved because McCain called Trump supporters “crazies” and is a “RINO”–and I’m gonna say, judging by their reaction, he was not far off.
“I love hearing Donald Trump speak. Because, I want to hear more blunt common sense ideas being touted instead of the PC crap that we have been hearing and experiencing for many years now. With as insane our country’s inhabitants have become, and the anit-American antics that they are being excused for, it is time for this kind of rhetoric to push back against the gains the idiots have made in tearing this country apart.
As far as how McCain became a hero comment, he is entitled to express his thoughts about a man who has lost his common sense, and has become a poster boy for the Republican establishment, who is selling all Americans down the road. I wish that the conservatives who are running in the Republican race would have just shut their mouths concerning Trump’s comments recognizing that McCain has lost his way and is a major part of the problem in Washington.”
Now, I just have to say something here. I am about as far left as you can get. I certainly do not have any warm feelings towards John McCain. It’s certainly difficult to when I can’t think of him without thinking of him callously singing “Bomb Iran” to the tune of the Beach Boys “Barbara Ann.” But in a million years–in a million years–I would never, ever, ever go to that well. I don’t care what else he did, I wouldn’t go there. It’s just not a place it occurs to you to go if you have any sense of decency whatsoever.
But, for the Republican base, cruelty is a virtue. The key to winning them over, it seems, is to say the most vicious things imaginable like you’re asking someone to pass the salt. That’s what they respect. The more Donald Trump goes around saying horrible, cruel things, the more they love him. That’s why he’s number one in their polls.
However, I really do think those people are in a minority. They may think that the vast majority of America thinks like they do, but they’re wrong. And that’s why they’re going to lose.