Trump on McCain’s death

There was no love lost between these men, including Trump’s ridiculous 2015 statement, with respect to McCain’s captivity in Vietnam, reported at Politico:

“He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

Still, a little humanity is in order. Trump didn’t say anything when McCain announced he was abandoning treatment for his cancer. When McCain died yesterday, Trump merely tweeted this:

Brit Hume responded:

Even Barack Obama, a Democrat, was gracious:

But get a load of this from Instagram (I’ve verified it):

This is, of course, all fake sentiment. The man doesn’t have an empathic bone in his body.


  1. ed hessler
    Posted August 26, 2018 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I understand that John McCain asked that President Obama be one of the eulogists.

    • Posted August 26, 2018 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

      Yes, and G. W. Bush. He also asked that Trump NOT be invited to his funeral!

      • Mark R.
        Posted August 26, 2018 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

        I read about that this morning. Oooh the burn!

      • Harrison
        Posted August 26, 2018 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

        Pence is invited. Perhaps his boss will lean on him not to attend.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted August 26, 2018 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

        When will the congressional Republicans he left behind lose their retractable spines and live up to the example they’re eulogizing McCain for setting?

        They want to honor the man, let ’em stand up for something besides ambition and political expediency.

  2. Rita
    Posted August 26, 2018 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Well, Trump has fulfilled our expectations!

    • W.T. Effingham
      Posted August 26, 2018 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

      They (tRUMPglodytes) keep lowering the standard limbo bar and his ample seat keeps burrowing a deeper trench.😬

      • Ken Phelps
        Posted August 26, 2018 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

        For the love of Dog, spare us that image.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted August 26, 2018 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

      Never fails to live down to our worst expectations, does he?

      • Zetopan
        Posted August 29, 2018 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

        In fact he *always* yuugely exceeds our worst expectations! That’s how great he truly is!

  3. tubby
    Posted August 26, 2018 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    The best thing Trump can do is keep his trap shut really. His instinct will be asshattery, so if he can just stuff it that will pass as acceptable.

  4. Posted August 26, 2018 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Obama’s Statement is personal and seems genuinely heartfelt while Trump’s is a cookie cutter platitude.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted August 26, 2018 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      McCain, I think, harbored some personally disparaging feelings toward Obama when they ran against each other — that Obama was a flash-in-the-pan who came to prominence without having to pay any hard dues. But McCain understood the importance to the nation of having its first non-white presidential candidate, and he acted accordingly.

      I recall the last night of the 2008 Democratic convention when Obama received the nomination, that McCain didn’t run any of his own tv ads, and didn’t otherwise address the press, but instead took out his own paid television ad during the coverage to offer Obama a simple statement of congratulations. (Imagine Donald Trump doing anything remotely of the kind!)

      And when McCain lost, he took care to do what he could to legitimize Obama’s presidency, both in his concession speech on election night, and during the early days of Obama’s administration anytime the two of them appeared at the same function. (Shame that Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republicans in congress didn’t follow suit.)

      Obama understood all this and always reciprocated McCain’s respect both during and after the election, even when the two were at odds on policy. I’m sure Barry will give a helluva speech at McCain’s funeral.

  5. Posted August 26, 2018 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Trump seems to have a direct pipeline from his so-called brain to his mouth, but does he have a brain? He spews garbage. It was bad enough that a man with bone spurs that prevented him from serving his country (multiple times) would belittle an American military hero for being shot down, captured and tortured. Too bad the Donald kept himself out of harms way. Although I, too, did not vote for McCain to be President, in hindsight, I’d gladly choose him in preference to T-Rump. McCain was a man of character and honor.

    • Zetopan
      Posted August 29, 2018 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

      “a direct pipeline from his so-called brain to his mouth”
      The origin of that pipeline is *much* lower than that!

  6. Historian
    Posted August 26, 2018 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    I disagreed with McCain on many issues, but I never doubted that he believed that he was working for the good of the country. This is why there has been such an outpouring of bipartisan love for him. Trump works only for the good of Trump. When his time comes, he will die a lonely man and the only people attending his funeral will be his paid retainers and perhaps a few of his immediate family. In fact, I think Trump is very lonely now and has been this way his entire life. This is why he craves the adoration of his followers at his rallies and the momentary highs he gets in the pursuit of sex. But, when he leaves the presidency the crowds will disappear, and he will spend his days brooding alone in his apartment in Trump Tower or perhaps his prison cell.

  7. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted August 26, 2018 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    In disappointing, Trump did not disappoint.

  8. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 26, 2018 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I suspect when Trump goes the grave digger will flip.

    Actually, still trying to determine if he is a card carrying member of the Russian mob, Russian FSB (that’s the new KGB) or just a stooge. All the above work for Putin.

  9. Posted August 26, 2018 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Believe it or not, some of Trump’s proteges are worse than he is:


    • Diane G
      Posted August 27, 2018 at 2:29 am | Permalink


  10. alexander
    Posted August 27, 2018 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    Trump: “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

    Exactly, having bad feet, or a high lottery number, makes you a war hero:

    • Harrison
      Posted August 27, 2018 at 8:53 am | Permalink

      Another subtle jab (which leads me to think this can’t be Trump doing it alone as he’s neither subtle nor bright): The White House flag has already been brought back to full mast.

  11. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 27, 2018 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    This asshole Trump has the flag atop the White House back to full staff (after the minimum “day of death and the following day” specified in the United States Flag Code for lowering all flags to half staff after the death of a congressperson).

    The flag atop the Capitol, and elsewhere around Washington, DC, remain at half staff.


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