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Shooting The Dead


cjones03252019

It’s too easy to draw a cartoon illustrating just how horrible, vile, disgusting, and terrible of a human being that is DonaldTrump. What is more important to the nation is that his supporters allow Trump to be a vile human piece of excrement without suffering any consequences. Each time Trump sinks lower into the cesspool, he takes his supporters with him. For example; Donald Trump is more worried about offending white supremacists than veterans and supporters of the military.

The majority of Trump’s statements are flat-out lies, hogwash, and verifiable bullshit of the first degree. But he was absolutely correct when he said he could shoot a guy on 5th Avenue and not lose any voters. If the guy is black, Mexican, Muslim, or gay, he’d probably gain a few.

For some unknown reason other than being petty, insecure, and being such a nasty piece of poo that even a dung beetle wouldn’t touch it, Donald Trump has been attacking the late Senator John McCain. McCain hasn’t said or done anything recently to disparage or challenge Trump because he’s been dead since last August (if you’re a Republican, that’s more than seven months ago).

John McCain was a war hero who spent over five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam at the infamous Hanoi Hilton. McCain was offered early release but refused to go without his fellow prisoners. While this was going on, Donald Trump was avoiding the war with college deferments and claiming he had bone spurs.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said McCain was “not” a hero, then said he was only a hero because he got captured before finishing the shit sandwich with, “I like people who aren’t captured.” Since then, he’s gone on to attack other Gold Star families.

Yesterday, Trump spoke at a tank factory, where they build tanks…for the military…which employs veterans…and Trump spent five minutes bashing McCain. While the audience didn’t erupt into huge cheers or create a new chant, they will probably continue to support Trump. Before the rally outside the White House, Trump said, “I was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be.” Trump is fighting a dead man and losing.

Where’s the condemnation from veterans and military families that have supported Trump? You can barely scrounge up any outrage from Republicans in the Senate, where many of McCain’s former colleagues are still serving. There are currently 53 Republicans in the Senate and only two have criticized Trump for his attacks on McCain and his family, Georgia’s Johnny Isakson and Utah’s Mitt Romney. His supposed best friend and southern dandy Lindsey Graham has made a pro-McCain statement since the attacks began, but without criticizing Trump for his comments. That took some dandy weaseling. Graham is as afraid of upsetting Trump supporters as Trump is at upsetting nazis.

It’s been seven days since the white nationalist terror attack in New Zealand that killed 50 Muslims. Trump has yet to say anything negative about white supremacists, white nationalists, Nazis, or any racists, but he has spent just about the entire time attacking McCain. Trump believes you’re more devoted to your racism than to the military. He feels he can attack a POW and you won’t leave, but if he says “Nazis aren’t always the nicest people,” then you may bail and find a more racist Republican, which would be a huge challenge. Good luck with that.

Trump complained that McCain gave the dossier, written about his connections to Russia, to the FBI instead of calling him. Trump is upset that McCain was more patriotic than treasonous. Trump also said it was up to him that McCain got the funeral he did and that Trump never received a thank you. Seriously.

Trump is more sensitive than your Aunt Ingrid who got upset she never received a Christmas card for the itchy ugly sweater she gave you.

Trump has zero regards for other people. He’s currently trying to destroy the Conway marriage and he doesn’t care that the McCain family has to constantly hear a 72-year-old racist toddler scream about their deceased husband and father. As a bonus and thanks to Trump, the family is receiving hateful messages from his supporters.

My father was a war hero who served in Vietnam. He was wounded. He’s buried in a military cemetery. We weren’t particularly close but I love him. If someone was trashing him, I know how I’d feel about it. I wouldn’t vote for that person. I have siblings, one a parent to members of the military, and they still support Trump. Now, imagine Trump was attacking your father.

It doesn’t matter to people like Kellyanne Conway that at some point, her children are going to see which side she stood on when a vile human being like Donald Trump attacked their father. It doesn’t matter to Trump supporters in the military community that he attacks one of their own. It doesn’t matter to them to see how little he respects them, their families, or their service.

The biggest reason Donald Trump continues to attack John McCain is that McCain was a better man than he’ll ever be. If you still support Trump, you’re the worst you can be.

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Dissing McCain


cjones05172018

In a White House meeting on Thursday, Trump aide Kelly Sadler reacted to news that Senator John McCain opposed Gina Haspel for CIA Director by saying, “he’s dying anyway.”

Three sources confirmed Sadler’s comment to the press. The White House has refused to deny the comment was made. They’ve also refused to discipline or fire Sadler, or even apologize for the comment. And why would they? Trump himself never apologized for saying McCain was not a war hero and that he only “likes people who weren’t captured.”

McCain opposes Haspel’s nomination for her involvement in enhanced interrogation, which is torture. McCain was tortured for over five years as a prisoner of North Vietnam. McCain has carried physical disabilities ever since his stay at the Hanoi Hilton. Because he was the son of an admiral, the communists believed it would be good public relations to release him, and McCain refused to be released without the other POWs he was held with. Today, McCain is fighting for his life from brain cancer. The White House thinks that’s funny.

I’m “friends” on social media with several Trump sycophants. Not one of them has expressed outrage or called for the White House to apologize for the comments. If you hashtag McCain’s name on Twitter, you’ll see hundreds of Trump supporters accusing McCain of treason and of helping the North Vietnamese. There’s even a hashtag for “SongbirdMcCain.”

It’s not just the wingnut crazies on the internet. Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney went on Fox News and claimed torture worked on McCain and said, “that’s why they call him ‘Songbird John.'” Fox News fired McInerney as an analyst.

After Trump said McCain wasn’t a war hero during the presidential campaign, several Republicans rushed to the Arizona Senator’s defense. McCain’s best friend in the Senate, Lindsey Graham tweeted at the time, “If there was ever any doubt that @realDonaldTrump should not be our commander in chief, this stupid statement should end all doubt. At the heart of @realDonaldTrump statement is a lack of respect for those who have served – a disqualifying characteristic to be president.” Today, Graham is one Trump’s favorite golf buddies, and he’s been silent over the White House attack on his friend. His former running mate Sarah Palin has expressed respect for McCain, but she hasn’t called on the White House to apologize. Other Republicans are just as silent.

And why should they call out Trump? Hell, they voted for the guy after he slurred McCain on the campaign trail. They haven’t called him out for his recent digs at McCain at his Trump Worship rallies. The environment where one would laugh and dig at a dying veteran is one created by the man in charge. Donald Trump does not respect the White House, the presidency, the American people, or our veterans. Trump received five deferments from serving in Vietnam. Four were for being a student and one was for his bone spurs. When asked which foot had the bone spurs, Trump couldn’t answer. He doesn’t know because he never had bone spurs. He had cowardice and selfishness.

For the context of this, listen to the people who know McCain and understand what the White House is doing and what they’re made of.

McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain said, “I don’t understand what kind of environment you’re working in when that would be acceptable and then you can come to work the next day and still have a job.”

Joe Biden said, “People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration. It happened yesterday.”

Steve Schmidt, who ran McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign said, “I pray a righteous rage and anger is swelling in the hearts of every decent person in this country around the desecration of our country and values by team Trump. Let us repudiate these terrible people. Let’s do it with joy and gratitude for the privilege. We should be happy that looking back from the end of our lives that we will have played a part in washing away the sewer that is this administration.” In an excellent rant on MSNBC, he said Trump was unworthy of saying McCain’s name.

Malcolm Nance, a 20-year Navy veteran, and counter-terrorism analyst said that monuments and buildings will be named after McCain, but none for Trump. Nance is wrong. There are plenty of buildings named after Trump. Of course, those are buildings Trump named himself and their primary purposes are for money laundering and meeting with Russian spies.

John McCain represents a better time in politics. He’s a man I’ve ridiculed and defended. He’s a candidate I’ve voted for and voted against. Today, we’re either sycophants washed in a cult of stupid personality or in a resistance against those putting said stupid personality over country. There is no normal anymore. There is no difference of ideas or agendas. It’s just blind obedient worship at the sacrifice of our greatest institutions.

Not just the people attacking McCain and giving him the swift-boat treatment they gave John Kerry, another veteran, but also those who refuse to criticize the White House and Donald Trump over this, I’d tell them their souls will burn in Hell. But I can’t.

They don’t have souls.

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