It seems to me that it is highly unbecoming, unprofessional and undignified behaviour for a leader of a nation to threaten his political antagonists. But then, ‘professional’ and ‘dignified’ are not words that I have ever heard or considered applied to Donald Trump. Earlier, I posted John McCain’s speech upon acceptance of the Liberty Medal on Monday evening. The day after McCain’s speech, Donald Trump had this to say:
“Yeah, well, I hear it. And people have to be careful because at some point I fight back. I’m being very nice. I’m being very, very nice. But at some point, I fight back, and it won’t be pretty.”
This, my friends, is how the man sitting in the White House, the highest and most revered position in the United States government, speaks of a member of his own party, a man who is a war hero and who just received a very great honour from the National Constitution Center for his “courage and conviction”. Courage and conviction … also words nobody would associate with Donald Trump.
McCain’s response to Trump’s threat was a simple, “I’ve faced far greater challenges than this.” Indeed he has. McCain’s plane was shot down and he was held in a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam for five-and-a-half years. Severely injured, tortured, beaten and denied medical care, McCain was offered repatriation and could have returned home sooner, but he refused as long as other POWs remained in the camp. Definitely a greater challenge than Trump’s threat. And now, McCain is battling terminal brain cancer, the same type that ultimately took the life of Senator Ted Kennedy in 2009. Another challenge greater than any words Trump might utter.
Though McCain did not mention Donald Trump, he did not need to when he said …
“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of Earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems, is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”
He is saying what I have been saying for this entire year … that Trump and his ‘policies’ are destroying the reputation of this nation. There is no rebuttal for this, for truer words have never been spoken.
Trump began his hostilities toward McCain shortly after beginning his presidential campaign in 2015, saying that in his opinion …
“He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
Donald Trump evaded military service by receiving five draft deferments.
I have neither the time, space, nor inclination to list all the things that set these men apart from each other, but suffice it to say that, apart from the fact that both are republicans and both are elected officials, they are as different as night and day. For the man sitting in the Oval Office (when he isn’t on the golf course) to threaten a highly respected and respectable U.S. Senator because that Senator spoke the truth about the direction of this nation, is an abomination.
I would ask those who helped put Donald Trump into the office he holds today to look at these two men side-by-side, to compare their backgrounds, their political ideologies, their speech, their professionalism and how they treat others. Just look at the differences, then go look in the mirror … look yourself in the eye and tell yourself who is the better man.