Elder Patriot – The New York Times has reported that John McCain’s funeral plans call for President Trump to stay away. That is his right, of course, but it does allow the rest of us to ask why disinvite the President of the Untied States?
While it’s true that McCain’s disdain for Trump became well known after the future president said during the campaign:
“He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
In the rough and tumble world of politics that was surely something that McCain could’ve ignored if he had chosen to. The fact is, McCain’s animus towards Trump is the same animus he’d show towards any problem-solving outsider.
McCain made a career from running as a conservative Republican then supporting unfettered immigration, amnesty (Gang of Eight), profligate spending and, when push came to shove, Obamacare.
It’s that last very public vote, the one to repeal Obamacare, that really tells the story of just how vindictive McCain can be.
The Arizona Senator’s campaign rhetoric aside, McCain’s voting record, on these key issues, mirrors that of Chuck Schumer. And Trump’s challenge to McCain’s “principles” never sat well with the dying senator.
McCain had aggressively campaigned to repeal Obamacare but when it came down to doing it, he wound up being the deciding vote. And, rather than hand Trump a legislative victory he shoved it up the rear of America in a show of spite.
McCain’s role in passing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 was obscured by the mainstream media but it is no less indicative of the senator’s view that his elitist beliefs trumped the right of the American people to be heard. The bill was passed by the lame duck Congress and signed into law by the lame duck president and established, what can only be described as, a Ministry of Truth.
Now, among his final plans, he want’s the President of the United States to stay clear of his funeral.
That seems contradictory to this statement from his one of his books:
“I’d like to see us recover our sense that we’re more alike than different.”
And, yet he has asked former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to deliver his eulogy. And, that President Trump not be present. That is the senator’s right. He is suffering from a rare and fatal form of brain cancer and, like every one else, deserves to have his last wishes respected.
I wish him Godspeed.