Joseph J. Honick
That kind of vulgar language, which Trump used during his election campaign during his time in the White House, has damaged the reputation of the US throughout the world.
After McCain failed to win the presidency, he showed respect for the highest office in the land. He understood that once the political battle is over, honorable people commit themselves to the good of the entire nation. Sadly, that is a lesson that Trump never learned.
While McCain never yielded to five years of torture in a Viet Cong prison, Trump got five draft deferments and now pretends to be a leader in sensitive and potential military decisions.
McCain honored his nation, family and himself, not only by his conduct as a man but as an election “loser.”
Would it be possible for Trump to even express the slightest tribute to McCain for his service, while the Senator is still with us?
No doubt that, when McCain leaves us, we will once again hear and read the empty tweets from the bombastic president about “thoughts and prayers” going to the McCain family.
The hypocrisy of Trump, who could not find any alternative to military service, blasting an outstanding American like McCain as a “loser” suggests his own low opinions of commitment to the nation and his own sense of patriotism.
Most who have served the nation, either by virtue of the draft or enlisting, know that heel spurs that kept Trump safe does not compare those who put themselves in harm’s way and suffered mightily for the privilege.
Joseph J. Honick is an international consultant to business and government and writes for many publications. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org