Over the weekend, flags all across Washington were flown at half-staff in honor of John McCain, Arizona Senator and war hero. Today, the White House flies its flag at full staff while the rest of Washington D.C. stays at half-staff.
Brit Hume pointed out something rather remarkable over the weekend as well – even in death, Donald Trump refused to say a positive thing about McCain in a tweet noting the Senator’s death.
Still not a kind word about McCain himself. https://t.co/kKflh8Iq33
— Brit Hume (@brithume) August 26, 2018
You also have a report that Trump nixed a White House statement honoring McCain.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and other White House aides advocated for an official statement that gave the decorated Vietnam War POW plaudits for his military and Senate service and called him a “hero,” according to current and former White House aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations. The original statement was drafted before McCain died Saturday, and Sanders and others edited a final version this weekend that was ready for the president, the aides said.
But Trump told aides he wanted to post a brief tweet instead, and the statement praising McCain’s life was not released.
“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!” Trump posted Saturday evening shortly after McCain’s death was announced.
Sanders declined to comment Sunday afternoon.
Now, I know what many readers will inevitably say: McCain was a faux Republican, a RINO who hated conservatives, and he was especially nasty toward Trump (in fact, there are reports McCain decided he did not want Trump at his funeral). But, none of that matters.
What matters is this: John McCain’s death is being mourned by Washington D.C., and by much of the nation. There are a number of people on both sides who are saddened by his loss. Whether you liked him or not, McCain represented an era now gone, and from a historical standpoint that should be commemorated.
But, Trump is not doing so. He is not doing much to recognize McCain at all. His tweet expressed sympathy to the family, but not a word about McCain, his service to the military (which Trump has been a big supporter of since he took office), or his service in Washington.
The reason is simple: Trump is a child who holds on to grudges, and he is refusing to act maturely in this situation because of it. That is shameful, it is disgusting, and he deserves to be ridiculed for it.