All-out attack: The troubles of Trump
We often wonder what goes through the mind of President Donald Trump when he chooses to attack others through his words. This is particularly true when it comes to his latest assault on the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona.
“I was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be,” Trump told reporters Tuesday.
This, of course, was only the most recent hostile comment Trump has directed toward McCain, who died last summer of brain cancer.
“He’s a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said in 2015 when asked about McCain.
While it is fair for people to disagree, it seems quite ridiculous for the president to continue attacking a man who was a POW during the Vietnam War … especially when McCain is not even alive now.
Though McCain never became president, he twice won New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation Republican primary (2000 and 2008). Trump is already unpopular with many Granite State Republicans, including former state GOP chairwoman Jennifer Horn, who led the party during the president’s first run, is actively working for a Trump primary challenger.
Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld is formally exploring a primary challenge to Trump. He and two other potential 2020 contenders took to Twitter to blast Trump for his latest insult of McCain.
“John McCain was an American hero. @realDonaldTrump is a national embarrassment. BW #Weld2020,” Weld tweeted Tuesday.
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich finished second to Trump in the 2016 New Hampshire primary, and continues evaluating a possible 2020 run.
“I was always a fan of @SenJohnMcCain and I always will be. Shame on you @realDonaldTrump,” Kasich stated via Twitter on Tuesday.
Finally, U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who is also the former governor of Massachusetts and the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, also gave his opinion.
“I can’t understand why the President would, once again, disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain: heroic, courageous, patriotic, honorable, self-effacing, self-sacrificing, empathetic, and driven by duty to family, country, and God,” Romney tweeted.
Trump has a multitude of political enemies in the nation. These foes include some in the media and most of the political establishment in Washington, D.C. – not to mention virtually 100 percent of registered Democrats. The last thing the president should be doing as he heads into his re-election year is further alienating himself with moderate Republicans by making disparaging comments about a Vietnam veteran who died of cancer last year.