John McCain, a man who gave 60 years of his life to service to his country, as a Naval Officer, Prisoner of war, Congressman, and US Senator, has passed away after a battle with terminal cancer. He announced his diagnosis in the Summer of 2017, and did not leave his home after December 2017.
While John McCain was living out the last months of his life at home with his family, Donald Trump was flying around the country, riling up his base of supporters at rallies and in interviews with his usual bombastic rhetoric. One of the repeated themes involved criticism of the ailing John McCain.
You will notice a common aspect to Trump’s criticisms of John McCain: he didn’t use McCain’s name. Trump instead, without mentioning his name, repeatedly and disdainfully brought up how John McCain dramatically gave a thumbs down to the massively unpopular GOP health care plan that would have resulted in millions losing their health care coverage.
Can you guess why Trump didn’t mention McCain’s name? Maybe because he was well aware of the fact that John McCain was at home fighting terminal cancer. So not using McCain’s name was either Trump’s way of pretending that what he was doing wasn’t as bad as it would seem to anyone who possessed an ounce of compassion for a dying man, or, probably more closer to the truth, it was a way to avoid bad headlines. In either case, Trump not using McCain’s name while he criticized him displayed a consciousness of guilt. He knew what he was doing was wrong. He did it anyway.
Remember when reading these many jabs thrown at John McCain by Donald Trump this summer, that John McCain was at home dying of cancer, and everybody knew that was the case.
“The disaster known as Obamacare. And I will tell you it is being chipped away. We had it beaten, but one man, I’m sure nobody knows who I’m talking about, voted no, shockingly. To — really surprising to a lot of people because he campaigned on repeal and replace.”
“Obamacare, we got rid of the individual mandate, which is the most unpopular aspect. I would have gotten rid of everything, but as you know, one of our, one of our wonderful senators said thumbs down at two o’clock in the morning.”
“And you know, by the way, we had Obamacare repealed and replaced except for one man who showed up at two o’clock and he voted no, he went no.”
“And I had Obamacare done except one guy at 2 o’clock in the morning went in and said… [Audience Boos] he went thumbs down, even though he campaigned for years repeal and replace all right.”
“We had Obamacare repealed and replaced, and a man — I won’t mention his name. But a man at 2 o’clock in the morning went thumbs down, and he campaigned for years on repeal and replace. We had the chance. Nobody even spoke to him about it, because it was something that was unthinkable what he did, and because of that… But still, I have just about ended Obamacare. We have great health care. We have a lot of great things happening right now. New programs are coming out. We got rid of the individual mandate. But that was very disappointing to me that night — and he did it because of me, probably. But that was very disappointing. That was a horrible thing he did to our country. And, frankly, it cost $1 trillion because we would have saved $1 trillion, on top of which we would have had good health care. But we’re doing it a different way. We have to go a different route. But he cost us a trillion dollars.”
“And even though we got a little surprise vote that evening, you all remember that evening somebody came in with a thumbs down after campaigning for years that he was going to repeal and replace.”
“Another person campaigned for eight years. “Repeal and replace.” And we were a little surprised when the thumb went down.”
“We have some incredible things happening with health care. We got very badly hurt, we had all the votes, and then one gentleman early in the morning, like 2:00 in the morning, he went, “No,” well he campaigned on repealing and replace, we had all the votes, and perhaps he was grandstanding, who knows what he was doing? But you know what? He said, “No, no.” Everybody said, “What the hell happened?” He’s been campaigning for eight years repeal and replace, and he didn’t do that.”
“Don’t forget I had it finished. Did we have it? It was done. Repeal and replace Obamacare. It was done until early in the morning. A man walked in and he said, “Thumbs down, thumbs down.” That was not good and nobody knew he was going to do that. He campaigned on repeal and replace. He campaigned for years. “Repeal and replace. Repeal and replace.” Nobody talked to him. Nobody needs — it was a done deal. And then he walked in. Thumbs down. All right.”
“And we would have repealed and replaced Obamacare, although we’ve gone a long way toward doing that anyway — we just had to do it a longer route. Because we had a gentleman, late into the morning hours, go thumbs down. That was not a good thing he did. That was not a good thing for our people, for our country, whether you’re a Democrat or Republican. And everybody said, “Oh, good. We have his vote. We have everybody’s vote.” We were going in for a routine repeal and replace, and he went thumbs down. Not nice. That was not nice. [Audience Boos]”
“But what — we had it done, folks. It was done, and then, early in the morning, somebody turned the hand in the wrong direction. That cost our country a lot. That was a very, very terrible thing that happened that night. That was a very terrible thing. That cost our country $1 trillion in entitlement saving that nobody would have known. It would have given us a good health care plan and that cost us a lot. And nobody knew that was going to happen, because we had it done. Repeal and replace. And the person that voted that way only talked repeal and replace. He campaigned on it.”
So, will Donald Trump stop these criticisms of John McCain? I guess it’s just a case of wait and see at this point.