Trump flagged for response to McCain death: Darcy cartoon
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- While John McCain flew bombing missions over Vietnam, and spent five and half years being tortured as a prisoner of war, Donald Trump avoided service to his nation with five deferments for alleged bone spurs in his foot. Years later, when Trump was asked what foot had the bone spurs he couldn’t remember. Trump also initially forgot to follow protocol to fly the American Flag at half-mast until McCain’s interment.
Call me cynical for doubting Trump really had bone spurs in his foot. But it’s clear Trump still has spurs in his head and heart based on his insulting first response to McCain’s death.
The President initially rejected a draft statement from the White House that noted McCain’s military service and called him a “Hero”, in favor of perfunctory tweet.
“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!”
Monday, Trump showed how little his heart was with McCain’s family by ordering the flag over the White House returned to full staff after flying at half-staff for just a day, following Senator McCain’s passing Saturday.
Trump also repeatedly ignored reporters invitations to comment on McCain, sitting with his arms folded, looking away and annoyed.
Commander-in Chief had to be shamed into proper tribute for war hero.
It took requests from the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign wars for the Commander-in-Chief to reverse course and belatedly pay more adequate tribute to a decorated veteran and prisoner of war.
About an hour after the American Legion urged him to do so, Trump issued a proclamation ordering the flag to again be lowered to half-staff until McCain’s interment Sunday in Annapolis.
Trump also delivered a new written and spoken statement acknowledging McCain’s service to his country.
“Despite our difference 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.”
Trump, the self-proclaimed champion of veterans and defender/protector of the American flag, couldn’t risk having the millions of American Legion and VFW members shun him the way he shunned their fellow veteran, John McCain.
Defining moments for McCain and Trump
When McCain’s captors in Vietnam discovered he was the son and grandson of Navy Admirals, they offered to release him, soon after his capture. McCain refused the opportunity, insisting protocol be followed that called for the first captured be the first be released. As a result, McCain spent 5.5 years imprisoned and being torture to the extent that he would never be able to lift his arms above his shoulders. It was a defining moment for McCain. It defined greatness, heroism.
Defining moments for Deferment Donald came when he declared in 2016 that McCain was no hero because had been captured, and Monday, when he ordered the flag returned to full staff. It defined pettiness, dishonor, smallness, conman.
The flag should be hung upside down and lowered to bottom staff to mark the nation’s distress and the death of presidential decorum under President Trump, and not be returned to full staff until he’s removed from the office he’s unfit for.