It’s a day ending in “y,” which of course means that Donald Trump is dumping on the late John McCain. Because nothing says “I’m a big, strong, powerful man” like trashing a war hero. Disagreeing with McCain on politics is one thing; spitting on the memory of a man who made actual sacrifices to serve his country with honor simply because you disagree with his politics is something else entirely. John McCain was by no means perfect, but he didn’t deserve this:
President Trump on John McCain: "I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don't care about this. I didn’t get thank you. That's ok. We sent him on the way, but I wasn't a fan of John McCain." pic.twitter.com/hG4XwOiIBO
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 20, 2019
Needless to say, Trump’s getting deservedly dumped on, himself:
Disgraceful behavior. https://t.co/5d3jyE62bI
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) March 20, 2019
What a scumbag, but at least we got tariffs and no wall. https://t.co/LTGvWTdDqM
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) March 20, 2019
Devin Nunes has thicker skin than this idiot man child. https://t.co/QupHUJ3Gyp
— BT (@back_ttys) March 20, 2019
Trump is a shameless pig. https://t.co/I1BLTXMEPj
— ƧЦƧΛП •— O)|||||(O —• (@wayward_okie) March 20, 2019
This is disgusting. The president's defenders frequently underestimate the malignant effect of such a toxic person on a nation and a political party. https://t.co/ADUXZLuE9y
— David French (@DavidAFrench) March 20, 2019
Our Guardians of Truth are appalled by Trump’s remarks as well:
The President was in Ohio to promote his efforts to save a Lima tank factory and to tout manufacturing. Instead, the headlines will be about Sen. McCain, foreign adversaries and Mueller. Had he stuck to the script, he could have had the coverage his team sought. He didn't.
— Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) March 20, 2019
Trump is totally bashing John McCain again in front of a pro-military crowd in Ohio.
The crowd is silent.
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) March 20, 2019
As Trump goes off on McCain yet again:
1) McCain spent five and half years in a POW prison in Hanoi, where he was tortured but refused early release.
2) Trump got multiple educational deferments and then claimed "bone spurs" kept him out of the draft. https://t.co/1o5HJJetaP
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) March 20, 2019
Trump's obsession with John McCain is creepy AF. How are you THIS pressed with a dead man when you're the so-called leader of the free world? pic.twitter.com/63b43f05q3
— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) March 20, 2019
"The President now, quadrupling down."@BrookeBCNN shares a new instance of Trump attacking John McCain.
In Ohio, Trump says of McCain "I've never liked him much, hasn't been for me."
Trump then adds "I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted … I didn't get 'thank you.'" pic.twitter.com/8J8vVGjD0A
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) March 20, 2019
……I have no words https://t.co/DfbzJxPDtG
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) March 20, 2019
No words? Interesting, Katie. Because you and the media had plenty of words about John McCain when he was alive. As Twitchy staple Stephen Miller, aka @redsteeze, points out, the media only seem to have taken up defending John McCain’s honor after Trump started disparaging it:
Man I haven’t seen this much hate directed at McCain since the media and the 2008 election.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) March 20, 2019
by some of the same media folk who are pretending as if they respect, and revere Mccain…its all left wing politics…lol
— notional emerg'cy (@randOmuos) March 20, 2019
— Duff1st (@1stDuff) March 20, 2019
— Vickie Freeman (@vlfAKAfreebird) March 20, 2019
Trump’s remarks today — like his past remarks about McCain — are indeed shameful and disgusting. But the media clutching their pearls when they spent years crapping on John McCain reeks of self-righteous disingenuousness. In other words, they’re full of it.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional text.