A Tale Of Two Evil People — Part II

Senator John McCain died last Saturday, August 25th.  I already wrote a tribute, sans politics, but today I let other voices speak of their thoughts on Senator McCain.  Every former living president offered a tribute …

“Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own. At John’s best, he showed us what that means.” – President Barack Obama, 25 August 2018

“Some lives are so vivid, it is difficult to imagine them ended. Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled. John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order.” – President George W. Bush, 25 August 2018

“Senator John McCain believed that every citizen has a responsibility to make something of the freedoms given by our Constitution, and from his heroic service in the Navy to his 35 years in Congress, he lived by his creed every day.  He frequently put partisanship aside to do what he thought was best for the country, and was never afraid to break the mold if it was the right thing to do.  I will always be especially grateful for his leadership in our successful efforts to normalize relations with Vietnam.” – President Bill Clinton & Secretary Hillary Clinton, 25 August 2018

“John McCain was a patriot of the highest order, a public servant of the rarest courage. Few sacrificed more for, or contributed more to, the welfare of his fellow citizens – and indeed freedom loving peoples around the world.” — President George HW Bush

And across the globe, world leaders memorialized Senator McCain …

“John McCain was a great statesman, who embodied the idea of service over self.” – UK Prime Minister Theresa May

“He embodied everything that we respect and value and love about our American friends.” – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

“Senator John McCain was an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions.” – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of John McCain, a great American patriot and a great supporter of Israel. I will always treasure the constant friendship he showed to the people of Israel and to me personally.” – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

“John McCain was led by the firm conviction that the sense of all political work lies in service to freedom, democracy and the rule of law. His death is a loss to all those who share this conviction.” – German Chancellor Angela Merkel

“The world has lost a great defender of liberty. RIP Senator John McCain. Prayers and love to your family.” – Former British Prime Minister David Cameron

“Senator John McCain had an illustrious military and public service career and was admired across the spectrum of US politics as a man of integrity and a champion of civility.” – Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

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Seen in Germany …

And there were many, many more … but the one that was missing speaks volumes about the monster in the Oval Office, Donald Trump.  He said not a single word about Senator McCain, though he did interrupt his rant about “Crooked Hillary” long enough to offer pseudo condolences to the family:

“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!” – Donald J. Trump

Not a single word about John McCain, not a single word of praise or compassion. But even that is not the worst.  The worst was yet to come.  Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John Kelly and other aides in the administration wrote a statement, praising McCain for both his military service and service to his country as a long-term member of Congress.  The statement also referred to him as a ‘hero’, which is appropriate and true.

But Trump refused to allow the statement to be issued, instead insisting that his brief, vacuous Tweet (see above) would serve as the official statement from the administration.  This, my friends, is unacceptable.  This is NOT the way we expect the president to behave!!!  It is the way we expect a five-year-old child who didn’t get his way, who has to be the center of attention to behave.

Other White House officials, instead, released their own statements in tribute to Senator McCain. By Sunday afternoon, the vice president, secretary of state, homeland security secretary, defense secretary, national security adviser, White House press secretary, counselor to the president, education secretary, interior secretary and others had posted statements lauding Senator McCain.

Although President Obama ordered flags to fly at half-mast for five days after the death of Senator Ted Kennedy in 2009, Trump ordered the flags returned to full staff this morning.  The flag at the Capitol Building remains at half-mast. A few days ago, I used this quote:  “Those who want respect, give respect”. Need I say more?

Author Stephen King summed it up nicely, I think …

“John McCain: American patriot, war hero. Donald Trump: Draft-dodging weasel.”

Former Presidents and World leaders are paying tribute to John McCain today, but the son-of-a-bitch who calls himself “president” cannot be bothered, and not only that, but he won’t allow anybody else to, either.  Every person in this nation should be crying tears of shame that we have no person of conscience, no person with an ounce of humility or compassion in the highest office of the nation.  I hang my head in shame and sorrow.

33 thoughts on “A Tale Of Two Evil People — Part II

  1. Jill, I take some comfort in knowing the global and US attention to John McCain causes great discomfort to the man with the large ego in the White House. It seems that every little positive move is begrudgingly made, when it should have been done from the outset. Not being invited is also a huge slight, with Obama and Bush’s speaking roles also unnerving as hell to The Donald. Keith

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    • A person of compassion would have willingly offered a glowing tribute to a man such as McCain. I wonder sometimes if Trump realizes that he will never be the man that people like McCain are, or if he truly believes he is better. I suspect the latter. I still chuckle to realize he wasn’t even invited to the funeral, and his arch-enemy Obama is actually giving a eulogy! I’m sorry … I’m not usually cruel … but where he’s concerned, I find I am capable of great cruelty!

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      • A leadership consultant said a great leader deflects credit to others, while a bad one assumes credit even when it is not due. Why could he not say something nice about an American war veteran and public servant? It is as low a bar as there is for a President and he tripped over it.

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  2. The petulant little child, arms crossed… snarling at journalists. Will his cult ever stop backing this man? The answer of course is no. I guess as long as he’s deporting brown people and criticizing NFL players, all is well.

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    • You have him pictured in exactly the same way that I do. In fact, I think I have just such an image somewhere in my media archives! His cult will, I believe, stop backing him when they feel the pinch in their own lives, when they finally realize that once they prepare their tax returns and owe back those few extra bucks they got on their paychecks, that they don’t have the deductions they once had. And when they try to buy a new car, washing machine, refrigerator, or anything else made of steel. Groceries are already on the rise, as is fuel … I filled my daughter’s car the other evening and noted that fuel is over $3 per gallon now! Once the cumulative effect of all this hits the cult members, I believe that at least some will awaken. Others, of course, will blame it on Obama and Hillary. 😉

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      • I sure hope you’re right Jill. He’s got a pretty solid 35% with him at all times…with a few fluctuating back and forth(I’m still wondering who these people are…I would think everyone should have an opinion one way or the other about this guy)….but perhaps you will be proven correct. You have to think there’s a breaking point somewhere. A total takeover of Congress this November would be so awesome…just to see his reaction and the steam coming from his ears would be worth the price of admission!! Fingers crossed!!

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  3. Dear Jill,

    The news reports are indicating that President Trump saw the light when he was noticed by the American Legion officials that their 2 million plus members were furious over his lack of respect for Senator John McCain. This is a crucial voting bloc for republican candidates and the Nov elections are just over 2 months away. You bet this got the president’s attention.

    Of course, we all know that the president’s attitude adjustment is just another transnational calculation and that he did not write anything that remotely favors Senator McCain.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Oh yeah … as I told a friend this evening, he did not have a change of heart, he was simply told by advisors and the GOP that to continue ignoring McCain’s service and to disrespect him would cost him ‘bigly’. I am taking some pleasure, however, from the knowledge that having to say something kind about his adversary is eating at him.
      Hugs!!!

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  4. Trump is such a disgrace. But his cult followers are even worse because they’ll still be around long after he is no longer president. They’ll be around for some other sleazeball to brainwash them and release their inner bigot. Only time and the younger generations can get out country out of this mess. But not all of the younger generations are good as evidenced by the obnoxious female in your first rant part I.

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    • I agree … I am more frightened and disgusted by those who are wearing blinders and cannot see what he is doing to this nation. They are the real danger, for they almost ensure that we will see more and more violence happen ’round the nation. They act solely out of greed … “what’s in it for me?” and “I’ve got mine, now let the rest get their own.” Sigh.

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  5. I’m sure that you have read by now that POTUS has issued a proclamation to lower the flags to half staff until the day of interment. There are also some words about his respect for John McCain, most likely written by someone else. There are way too many big words for Trump to have authored it. This proclamation begs the question of…why now? Because the AMVETS blasted him, among others, so appeasement is in order? Overcome with pangs of a guilty conscience, unlikely or actually impossible, as one requires a conscience to feel guilt? Or possibly because, the petulant child in charge has made his point by withholding the proclamation that was within his power to grant immediately…until he was ready! Truth be told, Trump’s mind is simply unfathomable. Another truth, the why is unimportant. Trump has disgraced the Presidency and our country, yet again! I hang my head in sorrow, but the shame belongs to Trump and those who continue to support him. Thank-you for another excellent post!

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    • Oh yes … it’s been all the news! Can you imagine how much it must have galled him to have to reverse course and actually compliment his perceived adversary? I laughed just thinking about it! No, he didn’t write that little speech … as you said, he doesn’t know half of those words, but also, he wouldn’t have written it … would have had to turn it this way and that, and it would have come out an incoherent bit of mumbo-jumbo. Thank you, dear Ellen, for your kindness and support. I try … ’tis all I can do. Tough times these are.

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  6. John McCain was a Republican albeit often bipartisan. This is a really telling time as to whether many more leave the Republican fold in disgust and how many choose to cling to the man ‘Doing such a good job’. We will see how many
    have courage and the dignity to walk and how many are just little people following Trump with no thought at all.
    Cwtch

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    • I would dearly love to see his entire White House staff walk away, saying “I’ve had enough of this … no more!” No, it won’t happen, it’s only a dream, but it would restore my faith that people still have consciences. As of today, I am not sure they do. But, as you say, we shall see … time will tell. If he still has enough following in November to keep a majority in the House and Senate, then we will have our answer, though it will do us no good, for we will have lost our voice. As of tonight, despite the outrage over his treatment of McCain, his approval rating has not changed from Friday.
      Cwtch

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  7. This wasn’t quite the rant I was expecting after Part One of this post, but well done here too, Jill. The contrast shines through. Trump is an egomaniacal asshole as a person, not just as president of tht USA. But did you really expect anything more? This is the best he can do. It is Donald J Trump at his finest. A cockroach could do more.

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    • Yes, I knew I had done better on the first … my rage was fresh then, and had dissipated just enough to lose the edge by Part II. Sigh.

      No, I didn’t expect anything more … my expectations these days are very low. Sigh.

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  8. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Couldn’t have said it any better … ‘Former Presidents and World leaders are paying tribute to John McCain today, but the son-of-a-bitch who calls himself “president” cannot be bothered, and not only that, but he won’t allow anybody else to, either. Every person in this nation should be crying tears of shame that we have no person of conscience, no person with an ounce of humility or compassion in the highest office of the nation. I hang my head in shame and sorrow.’

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