Did I like what then-candidate Donald Trump said about John McCain not being a war hero?
No, I very definitely did not. Just as I very definitely did not like the nasty, personal, often childishly immature comments he made about a good many other of his opponents – maybe all of them. It is a terrible, apparently incurable failing of Mr. Trump that always makes him look small.
But am I going to get excited over the rehashing of that comment now that John McCain has passed away? No, I am not.
I will explain why, by putting up a few quotes, then summarizing:
-“I have tremendous respect for McCain but I don’t buy the war hero thing,” Franken wrote in an essay about the 2000 elections. “Anybody can be captured. I thought the idea was to capture them. As far as I’m concerned he sat out the war.”: Al Franken, from an essay written in 2000.
-“John McCain’s a WAR HERO (That Got CAPTURED). Motherfucker Been Telling the Same Story for 40 Fucking Years. Fuck That! I Don’t Wanna Vote for the Guy Who Got Captured! I Wanna Vote for the Guy Who Got Away!”: Chris Rock, from a 2008 standup “comedy” performance.
-“John McCain is a racist”: Too many references from Democrats to mention.
Did you ever hear even one word attacking Al Franken and Chris Rock for their comments about McCain’s war record -which way pre-dated Trump’s – or the multitudes of McCain’s political opponents for calling him a racist (which, for the record, were not unfounded: check out what he called his Vietnamese prison guards)?
No you did not.
But then there was this:
-“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”: Donald Trump, 2016 during the primary campaign – as a sarcastic joke (to audience laughter) after pointing out that he supported McCain in the past.
(Do you doubt that Mr. Trump’s comment about John McCain’s war record was made as a sarcastic joke? Then watch the video and see/hear for yourself.)
So: should I get excited over Donald Trump’s comment about John McCain? Or should I brush it off, while pointing out that the Trump opponents who are getting excited over it a bunch of phony hypocrites?
I don’t think so.