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RIP John McCain

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:56 pm

Condolences to his family and friends.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

President Trump Responds To News That Sen. McCain Is Ending Medical Treatment

Filed under: General — Dana @ 12:32 pm

[guest post by Dana]

The President of the United States’ response: *crickets*.


Throughout McCain’s illness, Trump has continued to publicly snub him — including a recent appearance in which the president declined to say McCain’s name when signing a bill that was named for him. As of late Friday, Trump had said nothing about McCain’s medical decision.

Trump does not want to comment on McCain before he dies, White House officials said, and there was no effort to publish a statement Friday as many politicians released supportive comments on the ailing senator.

Note that the president does not want to comment, not that he can’t, or that it would put McCain or anybody else at risk if he did. He just doesn’t want to add his support. This president is such a petty, self-centered, spiteful pustule that even as Sen. McCain faces the end of his life, he refuses to set his outlandish ego aside and offer support. Just how spiteful and selfish is President Trump? So much so, that when asked whether he wanted to apologize to Sen. McCain for asserting that he was not a war hero, the president said no, adding that Sen. McCain’s capture by the enemy and subsequent years of imprisonment and torture were, unbelievably, irrelevant:


Interesting that this president can’t say one positive thing about Sen. McCain, but has no problem praising Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

When it was announced in 2008 that Senator Kennedy had a malignant brain tumor, then-President Bush released a thoughtful statement of support:

“Ted Kennedy is a man of tremendous courage, remarkable strength, and powerful spirit. Our thoughts are with Senator Kennedy and his family during this difficult period. We join our fellow Americans in praying for his full recovery.”

I dunno, maybe Trump’s bone spurs are making him too irritable to think about a dying, sitting senator who has served his country well.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


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