Why Trump despises McCain
The Boston Globe
President Trump’s public attacks on the late Sen. John McCain are “beneath any decent human being,” said Michael D’Antonio. Recently, Trump falsely accused McCain of instigating special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian investigation and blamed him for voting against the Affordable Care Act’s repeal (when the GOP had nothing to replace it). Trump also falsely claimed he allowed McCain’s family to use the National Cathedral for his funeral—the president’s consent was not sought or needed—and complained, “I didn’t get a thank-you.” Nothing “is more cowardly than attacking a dead man,” but there’s more going on here than typical Trump boorishness. Trump hates McCain because the senator was an honored hero for his service in a war that Trump dodged. Trump’s rich daddy leaned on a Queens podiatrist to diagnose young Donald with bone spurs, which later vanished. When Trump thinks of McCain—a Navy pilot tortured for five years in a Vietnamese prison camp—he sees his own “cowardice” reflected back at him. That’s why he began questioning McCain’s “hero” status as far back as 1999. Trump is still throwing rhetorical rocks at McCain’s tombstone for a simple reason: He was the man Trump will never, ever be.