Donald Trump has the pathological habit of responding to every criticism by lashing out with vicious personal ad hominem attacks against the critic and, if possible, his or her family. He did it in the primary campaign, most notably by mocking the appearance of Ted Cruz’s wife and accusing his father of complicity in the Kennedy assassination.
Now he has struck out at a father whose son was killed fighting in Iraq for criticizing him at the Democratic convention. Also at the fallen soldier’s mother, even though she never said anything.
But it keeps going: The two Republicans who most took him to task for insulting the grieving family were House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain. So Trump is retaliating against them by refusing to support them in their re-election primary campaigns!
These men, professional Republicans that they are, have swallowed their misgivings and said that they are supporting Trump. But he won’t support them. So much for party unity.