So John McCain, being his usual “maverick-y” self, decided to call various TEAM Red members in his own party “crazies”:
“It’s very bad,” McCain, who was eager to talk about Trump, told me on Monday when I stopped by his Senate office. The Senator is up for reelection in 2016, and he pays close attention to how the issue of immigration is playing in his state. He was particularly rankled by Trump’s rally. “This performance with our friend out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me,” McCain said. “Because what he did was he fired up the crazies.”
“We’ll see how this plays out, but there is some anger in my state,” McCain said. He mentioned the continuing challenges of border security that were vividly highlighted when tens of thousands of Central American minors crossed into America last summer. “People who otherwise might be more centrist are angry about this border situation.”
So we have the dueling narratives: Illegal immigrants are either just young, wide-eyed kids who want to be the bestest they can be in a country of immigrants (bullshit), or they are violent killers who keep coming back after being deported. Problem is, the side in favor of the former keeps telling the side in favor of the latter to ignore their lying eyes and that they are clearly “crazies,” but that’s not the point.
Today, Donald Trump responded at the Family Leadership Summit with this:
“He’s a war hero BECAUSE he was captured.”
“John McCain has not done enough for the veterans,”
“The veterans in this country are suffering. The veterans in this country are treated as third-class citizens. John McCain talks a lot, but he doesn’t do anything.”
The Donald has a point. McCain’s political career, aside from being funded by his beer baron wife, rests solely on a foundation of “I spent 5 ½ years at the Hanoi Hilton. I could have gotten out sooner, but I refused to collaborate with the North Vietnamese. *mic drop*.” Is McCain a “war hero”? Who honestly gives a shit? Even if he was, how does that make whatever policy positions he espouses more credible? (Hint: It doesn’t)
The Corporate Media, putting Dana White and Bob Arum to shame, wasted no time in promoting a TEAM Red slap-fight. Rick Perry stepped to valiantly defend milady McCain’s honor:
“Donald Trump should apologize immediately for attacking Senator McCain and all veterans who have protected and served our country,” Perry said in a statement. “As a veteran and an American, I respect Sen. McCain because he volunteered to serve his country. I cannot say the same of Mr. Trump. His comments have reached a new low in American politics. His attack on veterans make him unfit to be Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, and he should immediately withdraw from the race for President.”
Yes, John McCain every veteran it’s all in him. Anything you want done, baby, he’ll do it naturally. Not to be outdone, Jeb Bush bravely fired up the Twitter machine and wrote this:
Enough with the slanderous attacks. @SenJohnMcCain and all our veterans – particularly POWs have earned our respect and admiration.
12:19 PM – 18 Jul 2015
Various other TEAM Red shills chime in, desperate for relevance and attention, along with political pressure groups who imply that American citizens should bow down and kiss the ground ex-soldiers walk on for fighting in “military actions” that happen solely to enrich Congresscritters, lobbyists, and defense contractors…oops, did I just write that?
For the sake of historicity, Donald Trump is not the first person to be skeptical of attaching the “war hero” label to John McCain.
McCain – War Hero or Just Incompetent Pilot?
John McCain: Make-Believe Maverick
What does it mean to call McCain a ‘war hero’ candidate?
McCain Widely Recognized As A “War Hero” (Note the quotes)
McCain’s hero aura inoculates him against critics
What to make of this? McCain is jackass. He’s been a jackass for years. He is the duly elected jackass from the state of Arizona. Good for him. Maybe he can take his Senatorial salary, which he gleefully raises every year, combine it with Cindy McCain’s beer distributorship money and pay the Department of Defense back for those 2 or 3 planes he crashed. That would be the courteous thing to do. After that 2008 sham of a Presidential campaign, a person with any amount of self-respect would have retired into quiet obscurity (Hi, Sarah!), but not Johnny boy. He just keeps limping along, supporting some new federal government-sponsored clusterfuck in far off lands. So…fuck him.
Donald Trump gains nothing from this battle, but he doesn’t lose either. What’s interesting is Trump’s style. Unlike most of the other shills running to be President of the federal government, Donald Trump stakes out his position and claims it as righteous in the face of all comers. This is more than can be said for the “oh no! So-and-so in this group or that is mad at me! I’d better tuck my tail between my legs and issue an apology on Twitter!” Outrage doesn’t work on him. Hurt feelings don’t work on him. The typical bullshit corporate media kingmaking tactics don’t faze him. He just goes out, says what he actually thinks, lets the chips fall where they may.
Whether or not you agree with Trump is providing a valuable political alternative to TEAM Red: A guy who just says “Fuck it. I’m going to say what I believe. Don’t like it? There’s the other 14 guys and 1 girl who will gladly feed empty platitudes and bullshit.” An actual honest person, who you can figure out where he actually stands, and then argue with his point.
Meanwhile, Hillary continues to stir her cauldron and play with her flying monkeys.
(Note: I don’t vote. At all. Don’t care who runs, I’m not voting for him.)