John McCain has died. He was the Republican senator from Arizona. He ran for president in 2008, losing to Barack Obama.
Americans gave a lot of deference to McCain because he was a war hero. He was a Navy fighter pilot who was shot down over Vietnam. He was tortured endlessly, because he was the son of an admiral, who was the son of an admiral; his father was in charge of the U.S. military in Vietnam.
The Vietcong wanted to let John McCain go as a propaganda gesture, or a diplomatic gesture, but McCain refused to be released earlier than lower-ranked men, less-connected men who were imprisoned before him. That’s an incredible thing, and perhaps it’s the most important thing about his life.
But normally such acts of valour are disparaged by the left, and by the media.
So how could such a man be such remembered as such a saintly hero by the left, from George Soros on down (and including Justin Trudeau)?
Donald Trump was more reserved in his comments:
My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!
That sounds nice. But the left pounced on it. It wasn’t full of enough praise of McCain himself — it focused on his family.
And then immediately came the hundreds of complaints that Trump didn’t lower the flag at the White House long enough.
But the fact is, there’s a U.S. law called the U.S. Flag Code; When a Senator dies, the flag is to be flown at half mast on the day of his death, and the following day. Not for the whole week; it’s not a national week or month of morning.
They hated John McCain when he ran for president against the precious Barack Obama. They only loved him because, later, he quarrelled against Donald Trump. And they love him now that he’s dead — it’s almost like the only good Republican to the media is a dead Republican.
I agree that McCain was a hero when he was shot down. But there was also a lot to criticize, regarding both his politics (he wasn't a conservative, really) and his personal life, and even regarding how he behaved in captivity, as I'll go into tonight.
In 2008, Republicans nominated John McCain, who was did what he was supposed to do — he played by the rulebook. And they tore him to shreds, calling him a racist, perhaps mentally ill, an extremist, a sexist. And he lost.
Mitt Romney did the same thing.
So in 2016, the Republicans nominated Donald Trump. And we know what happened.
The hagiography of John McCain, and the hatred for Donald Trump, comes down to one thing:
McCain lost, and Trump won...
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