Donald Trump has the maturity level of a pre-teen. This is evident every time he gets on Twitter or in front of a camera and hurls personal attacks at whomever disagrees with him that week. One of his favorite targets has long been Republican Senator John McCain. Trump was, and still is intimidated by the power McCain had over ethical members of the GOP, and sought out to destroy his very legacy if it meant gaining total control of the right side of the aisle.
Unfortunately, Trump seems to have succeeded at just that, to a degree, turning half the country against the former Vietnam War prisoner. A slew of abuse has been hurled at the McCain family since John’s passing, a pandemic that has shocked many people in politics, and the president is solely to blame.
Trump refused to release a statement prepared in memory of McCain just yesterday, and shortly after, at some point in the late night/early morning, Trump decided to raise the flags back to full mast.
Trump awoke to a public outcry so intense and widespread that it could not be ignored, and soon after chose to re-lower the White House flags, as well as release the statement that should have been released Sunday. That revised message reads as follows:
“Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment. I have asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday.
The statement continues:
“At the request of the McCain family, I have also authorized military transportation of Senator McCain’s remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.”“Finally, I have asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent my Administration at his services.”