Here’s a story that lit up Twitter Thursday night in a huge way only to lead to more questions the following day. Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus reported that the White House wanted the USS John McCain “out of sight” for Trump’s visit to Japan and that a tarp was hung over the ship’s name ahead of Trump’s arrival.

Turns out she was right and wrong. Someone at the White House had made the request, but the photo of the tarp covering the ship’s name had been taken the day before Trump’s arrival. The Navy Chief of Information tweeted that “the name of USS John S. McCain was not obscured during the POTUS visit to Yokosuka on Memorial Day.”

However, the U.S. Navy has acknowledged that it did receive an email from the White House, from whom we don’t know. The always level-headed @AG_Conservative sums things up pretty well:

The press tried to make it something, and The Resistance will certainly remember the whole affair. Dan Rather even has an idea:

Will Trump supporters then harass and assault people wearing the McCain hat in thrift stores and restaurants? Will CNN find some high school kids in McCain hats and do a feature on their patriotism?

Twitchy favorite Rob Province asks the same question we asked when Dan Rather poked his nose in …

Heck, we’re old enough to remember the hot takes that McCain was a racist because he referred to Barack Obama as “that one” during a debate.

And years later Planned Parenthood was dropping off a pink superhero’s cape at his office to thank him for his vote against repealing Obamacare.


It’s definitely on-brand for him.