U.S. President Donald Trump spoke at a military facility in Ohio, yesterday. Once again, he insulted recently deceased Senator John McCain of Arizona, where I live. He also did it last weekend on Twitter. Trump has been doing this often, but it was most disgusting for him to do so while speaking to the troops, who reportedly remained stone silent. How embarrassing for our young members of the military to have to hear that from their Commander-in-Chief. Trump said of McCain, “I’ve never been a fan of John McCain, and I never will be.”
Pilot John McCain was shot down in the Vietnam War, captured, and imprisoned for more than five years. Both of his arms were broken in the plane crash. They were very noticeably deformed for the rest of his life. He also underwent significant torture. Yet when Viet Cong officers discovered that McCain’s grandfather was a Naval Admiral, due to their respect for top military brass they offered to free John McCain. But he greatly honored himself by refusing because his other prisoner-of-war buddies would have remained imprisoned. McCain was a true war hero and decorated for it. And I believe he served quite well in Congress. One time I attended one of Senator McCain’s town hall meetings, and I was very impressed with him.
There continues to be mounting evidence that Donald Trump was draft dodger during the Vietnam War. I served in the military at that time. Military people sure don’t like draft dodgers. Trump says it was “disgraceful” that McCain cast the last vote in the Senate that derailed Trump’s health care plan to replace so-called Obamacare.
Trump talks about half the time as if he doesn’t understand what his words mean. “Disgraceful” means “unacceptable.” Heh, we’re talking about a difference in opinion about what is the best way to insure Americans for health care. Having a difference of opinion about that is not unacceptable. What is disgraceful is the U.S. president constantly bashing a dead, decorated, American, war hero, especially since Trump himself was probably a draft dodger during that time. Trump should be ashamed of himself for this. But shame is not part of Donald Trump’s soul.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer for ten years, testified before Congress recently. He said Donald Trump indicated to him that during the late sixties Trump got a doctor to falsely state that Donald Trump had a bone spur on his heel to get a medical deferment and thereby avoid the military draft. (As I posted before, that’s exactly what one of the daughters of that doctor has said for years. The doctor did it because Trump’s father owned the building that the doctor leased for his medical practice.) Cohen said Trump told him, “Do I look like I’m stupid? I wasn’t going to Vietnam.”