Last week, John McCain said something pretty funny when asked by a reporter if his ongoing feud with the man who claimed he’s “not a war hero” is impacting the legislative process.
Listen to this if you haven’t heard it already:
So obviously that’s not entirely true. I mean, what would you do if you were John McCain? The President of the United States, who also happens to be a former reality TV show host and is a WWE hall off fame inductee, once demeaned your service to the nation by literally saying that being a P.O.W. disqualifies you from being a war hero, and now you’ve got a chance to undermine that President every step of the way and the best part about it is, you can do so with impunity because the agenda that President is pushing is highly questionable. Of course you would undermine him – and again, if you’re John McCain you’ve got an “out” here, because if someone questions your motivations, you can always just say something like “look, the policies are not in the best interests of America and here’s why.”
The point is, of course Trump’s outlandish comments about McCain are impacting the Senator’s decision making. It just happens that in this case, that’s fine because the decisions he’s being asked to make are bad ones, so it really doesn’t matter what’s actually behind his demonstrable propensity to undermine Trump.
Well anyway, those comments came after a speech that found McCain blasting Trump’s “half-baked, spurious nationalism” and as we argued last week, the only reason the President hasn’t lashed out at the Senator again is probably because his advisors have told him that given McCain’s cancer diagnosis, it would be in extremely poor taste and would likely undermine the White House’s already precarious position on Capitol Hill even further. Trump did suggest he would “fight back” if McCain kept it up, to which McCain responded that “I’ve faced far greater challenges than that.”
Ok, so that brings us to an interview McCain did about the Vietnam War with CSPAN. Listen below as John makes a not-so-thinly-veiled reference to Donald Trump the draft dodger:
— American History TV (@cspanhistory) October 22, 2017
Got that? Here’s the money quote:
One aspect of the (Vietnam) conflict by the way that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur. That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.
Now recall what we said last Thursday about how unfortunate it is that Trump is now dragging John Kelly’s name through the mud:
I’m sorry, but I just can’t take it. I’ve got to write something else about John Kelly.
I feel bad for this man, I really do. Here’s a guy who risked his life for his country on more occasions than even he can probably count and on top of that, lost his son in battle.
Now, he’s been reduced to tap dancing at the behest of an arrogant billionaire who, during the Vietnam War, received four draft deferments for being a college student and later a fifth deferment for bone spurs in his heels.
Somehow we doubt Trump is going to respond to this particular jab because you know, what could he possibly say? But then again, it’s Trump so you never know. Maybe he’ll cite his “fight” with Vince McMahon as evidence that he’s “been in the trenches.”