John McCain is a total badass. Not only is he a veteran, but he is a POW survivor who faced unimaginable torture at the hands of his captors, and yet, he never wavered. McCain served in the Vietnam War as a naval pilot, where he became a prisoner of war after his Skyhawk dive bomber was shot down. This left McCain with a broken leg and two broken arms; wounds that would be left mostly untreated, leading to permanent disabilities like a very limited range of motion.
Below is an excerpt from a press article in which McCain detailed his capture and subsequent torture:
“I was taken into a cell and put on the floor. I was still on the stretcher, dressed only in my skivvies, with a blanket over me. For the next three or four days, I lapsed from conscious to unconsciousness. During this time, I was taken out to interrogation—which we called a “quiz”—several times. That’s when I was hit with all sorts of war-criminal charges. This started on the first day. I refused to give them anything except my name, rank, serial number and date of birth. They beat me around a little bit. I was in such bad shape that when they hit me it would knock me unconscious. They kept saying, ‘You will not receive any medical treatment until you talk.’”
Donald Trump isn’t even in the same ballpark as Senator John McCain, and he knows it. Trump has verbally attacked McCain on more than one instance, even mocking the senator’s physical disabilities caused by lack of medical treatment for his broken wounds.
Now, McCain has, not so subtly, requested that Donald Trump not come to his funeral. He doesn’t even wanna see him after he’s dead, which is a pretty badass move on McCain’s part.
According to NY Times:
“His intimates have informed the White House that their current plan for his funeral is for Vice President Mike Pence to attend the service to be held in Washington’s National Cathedral but not President Trump, with whom Mr. McCain has had a rocky relationship.”
Former VP Joe Biden, who went to visit his beloved friend and fellow senator last Sunday, had this to say about John McCain:
“Here John knows he’s in a very, very, very precarious situation, and yet he’s still concerned about the state of the country. We talked about how our international reputation is being damaged and we talked about the need for people to stand up and speak out.”
McCain’s friends and family are traveling to Arizona to spend time with the very frail war hero in what, even he has surmised, are his final days. McCain said this about the possibility of not living to see the release of his memoir on May 22nd:
“Maybe I’ll be gone before you hear this. My predicament is, well, rather unpredictable. But I’m prepared for either contingency or at least I’m getting prepared. I’m freer than colleagues who will face the voters again. I can speak my mind without fearing the consequences much. And I can vote my conscience without worry.”
The entire world is devastated.