Trump Spends a Weekend Lashing out at a Dead Man

Trump Spends a Weekend Lashing out at a Dead Man March 17, 2019

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.

John McCain may have voted against the paring down of Obamacare, in what was being called a “skinny bill,” but the reality is that the president failed to do his due diligence. He was so busy attacking the GOP at that time, that he did nothing to built an alliance and bring together the party in both Houses, so that a repeal and replace could happen.

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.

 

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  • Michael Weyer

    Let’s not forget Trump also tweeted how “there should be a federal investigation” into Saturday Night Live. Because somehow, the show that has been making fun of every President for 40 years is now committing treason by poking fun at Trump.

    BTW, SNL was a rerun this week. Trump is going on a rampage about a rerun. Yet somehow his cult think he’s an incredibly strong man. It’s astounding.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    It’s disgusting … and appalling.

    … and Trump is what kids all over the nation will seek to emulate when they see and hear their father’s (and mother’s) approval and praise for him at home and when they witness their parents’ defense and praise of “our wonderful president” and his “glorious policies” when company comes to visit or during the inevitable family debates over politics.

    The only real “policies” Trump seems to have are:

    — To attempt to discredit and muzzle the media because they dare to investigate him, his family, his associates and their histories and to report on the more unsavory and unflattering aspects of Trump’s current and past actions and associations. Another “sin” of the press (in Trump’s eyes) is to report on the backgrounds of the people Trump is appointing to high office – particularly THEIR past associates with corrupt people that share the same circle of “friendship” as Trump (ie: connections to Trump’s corrupt past). Yet another major sin of the media is to report on the number, purpose, and progress of the various state-level legal investigations into Trump’s past activities.

    — To attempt to discredit and shut down any investigation into his own past or current associations — especially the Mueller Investigation, but of secondary importance is any public or state-level Congressional investigation (because it damages his own (false ?) narrative) and because State level investigations and State laws are not subject to Trumps’ veto powers or to his Presidential authority to order the DOJ/FBI not to investigate / prosecute any cases selected by him.

    — To attempt to discredit and make irrelevant the national DOJ and FBI because of their investigations into his own past and those of his “friends” and associates. Though Trump appointed both Sessions and Sally Yates, he has attempted to destroy their personal credibility (and through them the credibility of the entire FBI and DOJ) for their failure to be “sufficiently loyal” to the king. The DOJ and FBI are already suffering reputational damage from the Obama administrations for their failures to hold liberals such as Lois Learner, HIllary Clinton, Anthony Wiener, (even Barack Obama) to the same legal standard as they would hold anyone else in the country. The fact that Trump seems to be denying the FBI and DOJ his permission to investigate and prosecute those individuals from previous administrations while simultaneously using those people as foils in his tweets seems to be part of Trumps’ policy of attempting to destroy the credibility and public faith in our only national law enforcement agencies – the only agencies that have authority to investigate and prosecute crimes that cross state borders. Trump must not be allowed to succeed with his policy of destroying the public faith in these institutions because the follow-on course of action would be to either place their actions under tighter political control (of the WH no doubt) or for the public to lose enough faith in the FBI/DOJ that inter-state crime goes unpunished if you donate to the correct political party. Trump’s policy of tweeting about “deep state” and corruption within the FBI and DOJ seems to be in direct support of his policies of destroying our national law enforcement agencies.

    — To attempt to discredit and make irrelevant the US Justice system that is based on our courts of law which in turn is based on the judges that previous Presidents have nominated and that have been confirmed by previous Senates. Whenever a court issues an injunction against one of Trump’s EOs, his first action is to attempt to delegitimize the judge and attempt to delegitimize the decision on the basis that the court does not have authority to review or block a decree from the POTUS. What other goal can such consistent actions have but to delegitimize the US courts in general and to elevate the power of the POTUS to that of a King or Dictator ? Whenever a judge disposes of a case that finds a Trump associate guilty, Trump applies social pressure (via disparaging tweets) in an attempt to create a pattern that a judge ruling against a Trump crony will be public persecuted for that ruling by the unthinking fringe of the Alt-Right that actually act on Trump’s twitter tantrums. Trump also seems to be implementing a policy of dangling Presidential Pardons for any of his associates that remains loyal to “the king” and refuses to cooperate with legal investigations into Trump’s history. It appears from the discrepancy between the Cohen sentence and the Manafort sentence that Trump’s policies of intimidation of federal judges (that is in direct support of his policy of delegitimizing and discrediting the courts) is working. At what point in time will the public no longer trust in the impartiality of a court system that bases its judgements and sentences on the political connections or political ideologies of the defendant rather than on the evidence provided by the prosecutors ? Will this not only add fuel to the race-baiting theory that black men get longer sentences than white people for the same crimes ? … or that the wealthy or “connected” or popular are above the law – especially in the eyes of the wealthy / “connected” / celebrities themselves ?

    — To attempt to discredit and make irrelevant the US State department and by extension all our current treaties and trade agreements. Why else would Trump choose to assign primary negotiation authority to his son-in-law (as is done by dictators and kings) over professional diplomats ? Why else would Trump continually undercut our allies (especially our defense allies) and make such divisive unilateral, uncoordinated, unannounced demands on our allies such as “reimburse the US the full cost of our troops and bases currently stationed on your soil or we will abandon our responsibilities as set forth under our current mutual defense treaties” ? … or “I demand that you increase your military spending to a level NOT CALLED FOR by any treaty or agreement or I will abandon our treat(ies) with you” (Examples: NATO, S. Korea, Japan – recently add Qatar, Turkey, UAE). Nevermind that per our constitution, an approved and signed treaty is secondary only to the Constitution itself in its authority. No Congressional law can conflict with a treaty without also being unconstitutional. Neither can any presidential edict (or EO). As to trade treaties that were negotiated through the State Department, Trump is attempting to arbitrarily withdraw from them or change their terms using his abuse of his Congressionally delegated tariff power to threaten the economies of our partners by reducing the US market for their goods until or unless the concede to Trump’s unilateral demands. If Trump is successful in his policy of destruction of the US State Department, then the only remaining method for the US to make new treaties and defense alliances is through the personal envoys of the POTUS – and Trump has his family currently entrenched in that role – already pre-empting the State Department diplomats at the negotiating table.

    — To attempt to delegitimize and make irrelevant the US Congress and the US Constitution by using EOs instead of working with Congress to pass laws and by using his access to social media to attempt to apply popular pressure to Congress (in the form inciting both violence against and activism for) any Congresscritter that steps out of line or indicates a lack of fealty to Trump-the-man as opposed to the office for which they were elected. See also Trump’s policies regarding suborning the Congressional powers of the purse (his wall funding and fake “emergencies”) and the powers to lay taxes (tariffs) and to make treaties that the Constitution invests solely in the legislative branch.

    When asked what policies of Trump that I disagree with (and I WAS asked that question recently), the above is just a starting list. There are more, but this post is already long enough.

  • Michael Weyer

    And of course, his sycophants are spreading his word slamming McCain and other crap.

    See Jack Posobiec who (after seeing his attempt to organize a “Captain Marvel boycott” fail miserably with the movie a huge hit) is out there spreading the “McCain was no hero” line. Oh and it seems he now insists on talking about himself in the third person.

    And let’s not forget the official….official…GOP Twitter feed putting an Irish hat on Beto O’Roruke’s old DUI arrest photo. Oh but of course, let’s totally ignore Tucker Carlson’s past comments and the scores of such arrest photos of other noted Republicans. And the fact in all of his past campaigns, his opponents never brought this up as a major deal, not even Cruz.

    I grew up under Reagan. I liked Reagan and he is spinning in his grave seeing what the party has turned into you.

  • chemical

    Re: last point: To be fair, Congress mostly made itself irrelevant. Due to partisan hackery and gridlock, they’re never able to actually tackle the problems facing the nation. This left a power vacuum and in that case, it’s easiest for the president to pick up the slack (as most of executive branch’s power is concentrated in one person).

    Probably one of the few things I’ll agree with you on is that the executive branch needs scaled back a bit. But that requires Congress to rise above the petty bickering and backstabbing, and I haven’t seen any evidence that will occur any time soon.

  • JASmius

    The common thread rather obviously being to de-legitimize and discredit – even de-humanize – everyone and every institution except him. The very epitome of authoritarian despots everywhere. And whaddaya know, just the other day Trump sent his “Order 66” comment to willing members of police forces at every level, the U.S. military (remember that coast guard lieutenant?), and the “biker gangs” he imagines still exist to “rise up” if he’s impeached or if next year’s election doesn’t go his way. Fancy that.

    This doesn’t make Trump a dictator – yet. Though his fake “national emergency” declaration was a rather large step in that direction. But it does make one wonder about the institutional “guardrails”, how much they’ve been eroded over the past two-plus years, and whether they could give way completely over the two-minus years ahead.

  • JASmius

    I hate to have to point this out, but since words still mean things in my neck of the woods, I have to distinguish how the late Senator McCain is described. He was brave and honorable to choose to remain in captivity in Vietnam and not “use his privilege” as an admiral’s son to escape it. That honor eroded steadily in his subsequent political career, but it was spectacular when it most needed to be. But that decision was not heroic. It wasn’t a martial exploit, and it didn’t save anybody else. It’s not a knock on Sailor to point that out. The issue with Trump is that he doesn’t make any such distinctions. He doesn’t acknowledge McCain’s bravery and honor, even if it wasn’t actually heroic. He just dismisses him as a “loser”. The fact that President Bone Spurs continues to do so seven months after the man’s passing suggests that he knows subconsciously that McCain was the vastly better man and what passes for his conscious, ego-besotted mind cannot tolerate that cognitive dissonance and therefore compels him to lash out against it.

  • JASmius

    One other gaping problem with the latest Trump tweet fit, aside from most of the Steele dossier having been corroborated and validated: The Republicans never attempted to repeal ObamaCare. They pretended to, but barely even got to the “nibbling around the edges” level. And Trump, if you’ll all recall, was the one who branded that pathetic fraud as “mean”. God only knows if the GOP majorities would have actually repealed it with the leadership of an actual conservative Republican president, but this fakery after seven years of swearing on their mother’s graves that they would tear out the ACA “root and branch” would have been the last straw for me as a conservative, Trump or no Trump.

  • Stephen

    The thing that hurts me the most is how many people I know who call themselves conservative Evangelical Christians say and promote the notion Trump is saved and a Christian. I always ask where is his fruit. Got to keep my eyes on Jesus not man. Not letting this trip me up. I really think Trump is our Saul (the old Testament King). Not a blessing but a judgement. Finally those Evangelical Christians got what they asked for. It is not going to work out well for them or us.

  • Ellen Elmore

    All of my Evangelical Christian friends voted for Trump because “there was no one else.” To this day they defend Trump because of the SCOTUS picks. And you are right. It is not going to work out well for them or us. It is a huge stain on the Evangelical community that they not only voted for Trump but that they also still defend him. Trump’s lack of character is indefensible.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Whether or not Congress ever rises above it’s petty bickering is no excuse for Congress to abdicate its responsibilities to the nation by delegating it’s Constitutional authority to the President. Nor is that an excuse for the President to step in and “fill a power vacuum” that he is Constitutionally prohibited from filling.

    The proper course of action for the President would be to expose the cowardice of the Congress and to make that major talking point while allowing the the Federal Government to shut down and STAY shut down due to lack of appropriated money. Sending a clear signal to Congress that he will veto any partisan budget and that ONLY a minimal budget that stays within the Constitution will get past his veto. Do that early. Demand individual bills instead of a last minute do-or-die bill such as Congress has passed in the past when they fail to negotiate an actual budget.

    The course of action taken (to pass an 11th-hour CR then break for vacation) is simply not working.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I don’t think you and are alone in that. Both Trump and the GOP have (independently) proven their betrayals of conservative voters.

    This is one of the reasons I think the GOP will start losing elections as their voters continue to abandon them and their patterns (policies) of betraying their election promises for political and person gain in DC.

  • Stephen

    Like most people my political philosophy will not fit under one banner. I have conservative, libertarian and liberal parts. But mainly conservative because of the human values conservative philosophy hold. I abhor the white nationalism and bigotry the current Republican party pushes. This was imported from the deep south as the old time Dixicrats invaded and took over the Republican Party. Being from the deep south myself I am not fooled about where the rot came from. Same old thing, from before the Civil War, a small group trying to exploit other groups for profit. Using every dirty trick and lie in the book.

  • Cousin_Ken

    Anyone who defends Mr. Trump because of his SCOTUS picks does not know what SCOTUS is about, let alone POTUS.

  • chemical

    Whether or not Congress ever rises above it’s petty bickering is no excuse for Congress to abdicate its responsibilities to the nation by delegating it’s Constitutional authority to the President.

    And look at that: 2 comments in a row I agree with you. Hell may not have frozen over yet but it is unseasonably cold there.

    Note that I’m not condoning Congress’s inaction in any way — I’m suggesting this is how we got into this toilet bowl politics in the first place. I’m not a big fan of these 11th-hour CRs either.

  • chemical

    And let’s not forget the official….official…GOP Twitter feed putting an Irish hat on Beto O’Roruke’s old DUI arrest photo.

    GOP: Hey guys, look! We can be racist against white people, too! Now you libs better shut up about us only being racist towards brown people.

    On a more serious note, this kind of thing gives me hope. The GOP will eventually tear themselves apart. Even if Trump wins in 2020 and they assume total control, they will start kicking their own members out of the GOP for not being white enough. Like the Irish, for example.

  • Ronald Langdon

    John McCain was one one America’s greatest traitors as history will verify!!!

  • Brian Orion

    This is (almost) hilarious. Most three year-olds fighting over a Tonka toy dump truck in the preschool sandbox are more polite than this.

  • Mother124

    All the money, fame, mistresses, and highly compensated, plastic trophy wives in the world can’t buy character.

    Nor can it buy class.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Well, Trump IS a life-long leftist Democrat, so we are not surprised when his actions are not just impolite, but rude and obnoxious – much like those that would defend Trump’s rude and obnoxious, infantile behavior.

    It’s not rude to point out rude or childish behavior. What’s childish is ignoring such behavior and hoping it just spontaneously goes away.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I see Trump has returned to lashing out at the DOJ / FBI – clearly trying to delegitimize them as a law-enforcement agency.

    I guess using his Presidential authority to request policy and/or personnel changes or and EO to order changes has been deemed too risky given his current legal exposure for Obstruction of Justice and the evidence that has already leaked into the public domain.

    I’ve long suspected that Trump was mentally unstable and there is nothing in his MEDICAL exam that contradicts that opinion (no matter how many times the doctor re-reads Trump’s dictated medical exam results). Trump either has not had, has refused, or has covered up a mental / psychological “examination” for dementia or other mental instabilities that would disqualify him from holding any office where he has to recognize the difference between reality and fantasy….

  • John225

    As appalling as these things are I find them a distraction. If you look beyond the US borders you will notice all the other Trumps winning power around the world with nationalistic populist leanings and pro-Russian leaders they will see Trump as part of a global revolution. Ask yourself a question if Trump was assisted into power by the Russians and is running their geopolitical agenda in the US, who is pulling the strings of all these other little Trumps around the world? What if the pro-Russian nationalists win power in France or Germany? A Russo German power bloc would control the heart of Europe. AFD party in Germany is nationalistic, populist, and eurosceptic with Islamaphobic, anti-Semitic, and Xenophobic tendencies and has rapaidly risen in popularity in Germany.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I think we have to have faith in the common sense and innate “goodness” of the US Population and those of the world in general.

    The “little Putins” you reference definitely exist, but I think they have already had their best shot and have failed. They rose to power (as Donny did) with surrupticous help from “daddy Russia” using manipulated social media in a kind of “back-door”, “stealth” approach to power. Since then, Russia has been ‘found out’ and the major social media platforms (those that were reaching the most people and were the easiest to hack/manipulate) are now watching for interference and taking measures to prevent recurrences. US and other counter-intelligence agencies are now on alert for clandestine attempts to manipulate public opinion and voter choices. Even many members of the public have grown wise to the propaganda and are starting our own private, local campaigns to speak up and speak against the pure propaganda that spews from the “little Putin” twitter and facebook feeds. Slowly, I think we are starting to win over the minds of people that are waking up to the damage that propaganda (spread via social media into the minds of the young, the impressionable, and the intellectually lazy) can do to our freedoms and I do NOT think the US is alone in that awakening.

    I think two of the clearest indicators of the above are the 2018 mid-term elections where the GOP basically got plastered – losing 40+ seats in the HOR and seeing virtually their entire electoral advantage in deep, deep red state wiped out – mostly because of our own “little Putin” in the WH and those that would support and deify him in Congress. Since virtually all GOP were (apparently) required to swear fealty to “little Putin” before the GOP would support (or at least not actively oppose) their primary bids for office, the backlash of voters that simply rejected ALL GOP candidates was even more significant because it shows the backlash was not limited just to “little Putin”, but to the GOP in general – a GOP that has betrayed their voter base and lost their way.

    The second indicator is what the GOP is now saying: They expect to lose the popular vote in 2020 (so much for Trump’s vaunted “popularity”), but “are confident” they will win the electoral vote. To me, this just screams that they either have a plan to (or hope to) ‘fix’ the 2020 race (via sympathetic SOS(s) as the Democrats have been trying to do for years?). Perhaps they are overly-confident that Trump’s tantrums will enrage his red-cap mob to enough violence to intimidate the (D)s or they are hoping the Democrat party falls victim to internal squabbling and radical leftism that would cause a revolt among the traditional Democrat voting base.

    One thing appears certain: the GOP no longer has the numbers required to win an election without some kind of trickery now that they have succeeded in (mostly) purging the conservative candidates, voters and donors from their party — and they now realize that. I believe panic is starting to set in (or will set in soon) among the GOP and Justin Amash’s defection may be only the first of many rats leaving the Trumptanic.

  • John225

    I won’t call them little Trump’s anymore. Now I will call them Dugin’s Disciples. What is changing in the countries run by Dugin’s disciples is the entire basis of the political system from a liberalism to something else. To me it looks and smells authoritarian and a bit fascist. Now please don’t think of liberalism as a leftist system but the system that is not socialist or fascist that underpins western society in which the individual is the preeminent entity, and the rights and freedoms of the individual dominate. The reason why liberalism beat socialism and fascism is because it is a better fit with the selfishness of human nature. Dugin hates liberalism and thinks it is dehumanizing the world and stripping away culture and must be destroyed. Dugin finds some common ground with conservatives because he sees liberalism slowly choking the life out of religion/culture and ascribing rights to LGBT (gender optional). All becomes a choice. Hence human rights become an enemy of cultural identity as are technology and individual freedoms. So rather that seeing conservative values and traditions as a functional addendum to liberalism, he see’s liberalism as killing those things off and wants to burn the whole system down and start again with what he calls a Fourth political theory which is dasein centric what ever that is. Central to the ushering in of this new age is the US losing its dominance on the world stage (the world going from uni-polar to multi-polar) which Trump has been very instrumental in accomplishing. The world needs to lose its preeminent guardian of democracy and human rights and freedoms for them to accomplish their goals. This has been achieved for now. They now have their sights set on the EU and the up coming election there. Steve Bannon and his “the movement” is working there to unit the alt-right.

    It looks to me like one of the GOP’s clever plans might be to split the Democrat vote with a center left independent candidate.