President Donald Trump is a small, petty, obnoxious man.
He’s a man who has precious few accomplishments in his own life.
We can’t count his businesses. He’s been bankrupt far too many times, he lives on credit, and if not for his father’s money, he’d be a Walmart greeter, today.
We certainly can’t include his altruism, or his service to his nation. He’s the guy who had his wealthy father arrange for 4 or 5 deferments from the military, due to a sore foot.
A sore foot, I must add, that mysteriously cleared up, never to be a problem again, even as Trump grew older and heavier.
He would later joke to “shock jock” Howard Stern that his personal Vietnam was avoiding sexually transmitted diseases.
Meanwhile, young men of lesser means, but far greater spirit and character fought the battle, stood tall, became heroes, or even laid down their lives in a faraway land, all because of duty.
One of those young men was John McCain.
As I’ve often mentioned, I had a lot of problems with McCain’s record as a senator. He was a RiNO’s RiNO, at least by the standards of what the Republican party used to claim they stood for.
These days, with their acceptance of Donald Trump’s big government overreach, trade wars, acquiescence to dictators, and assorted other unsavory moves, we can’t really see how the reality of the Republican party matches up to the fantasy days of the past.
With that said, John McCain, per his character, still stood head and shoulders above a man like Donald Trump.
It’s important to make that clear from the start, because we need to keep it in mind while pointing out that for the past two days, the president of the United States has been on a feverish vendetta against a dead man.
John McCain has been gone for seven months, but that hasn’t stopped Trump from obsession over him on his Twitter feed.
Former independent counsel Ken Starr commented on a recently released Fox News report that it was an associate of John McCain’s who shared the now-infamous Russia dossier compiled by former British intelligence agent, Christopher Steele, with the FBI and some media outlets.
In his remarks, Starr called the incident a “very dark stain” against McCain.
Trump, who gets all of his views directly from Fox News, couldn’t resist taking a jab at the deceased.
“He had far worse ‘stains’ than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!” the president tweeted, referring to the Arizona lawmaker’s vote against the GOP Senate majority during the Republican attempt to repeal ObamaCare in 2017.
In truth, his entire attack on McCain is because he needs a convenient scapegoat.
John McCain is gone. He’s not likely to strike back or try to defend himself.
On Sunday, the president was still obsessing.
“So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) ‘last in his class’ (Annapolis) John McCain that sent the Fake Dossier to the FBI and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election,” Trump tweeted. “He & the Dems, working together, failed (as usual). Even the Fake News refused this garbage!”
He’s ragging on McCain’s class records, and he has paid people to assure his own records from his school days are never released. In fact, one of Trump’s former teachers called him the dumbest student he’s ever taught.
Of course, he used more colorful terms, but I’m trying to be nice.
This is a real problem with Donald Trump.
All the money, fame, mistresses, and highly compensated, plastic trophy wives in the world can’t buy character.
Character comes from a strong foundation and proper upbringing, experiencing life as it is, getting out in the world, and positive role models.
Donald Trump had none of those things. He had neither a good upbringing, or any moments in his life where he was not pampered and indulged.
He has not been held accountable for a life of corruption and hubris, so when he finds himself in a position where all his misdeeds are being held under a microscope, he panics. His defaults to petulance and ire.
And he needs someone to blame, so why not the guy who can’t hit back?
Donald Trump is not a tough guy. He’s the slimiest kind of wimp.
McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, took to Twitter to defend her father’s memory.
“No one will ever love you the way they loved my father…. I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine?” she tweeted.
“My father lives rent free in your head,” she added on Sunday in a tweet that was later deleted.
I don’t know why she deleted it. She was right.
It’s beyond distasteful that the president would lash out at McCain like this, long after the man has passed, especially when he still has family who could be stung by the insensitivity of his words.
It’s not a good look. It’s not the act of a leader.
It is to be expected, however. This is Donald Trump. He is not a good person.