Saturday, July 18, 2015

Trump Embarrasses Country with Presidential Run

Donald Trump
Donald Trump demeans this country and demeans the Office of President of the United States simply because he's running for it.

I came to this conclusion today as the reports come to light that Trump knocked the war service of Senator John McCain in a most flippant and callous manner.

Trump said that McCain is only a war hero because he was captured.  "I like people that weren't captured, OK? I hate to tell you. He is a war hero because he was captured. OK, you can have -- I believe perhaps he is a war hero," Trump said in a forum in Ames, Iowa.  The crowd booed his response loudly.

I am no fan of John McCain's politics.  I think McCain's foreign policy is misguided and wrong for our country.  With that said, having read McCain's account of what he went through as a prisoner of war, I can come to no other conclusion that he is very much a war hero and deserves my deep respect for what he sacrificed.

On his 23rd combat mission, McCain, who had already survived the USS Forrestal disaster, was shot down and captured by North Vietnamese troops.  His injuries left untreated, he was beaten and interrogated for days, spent two years in solitary confinement, and refused to be released when it was offered because all other POWs would not be released with him.

In total, McCain spent nearly six years as a POW.  Senator McCain has been permanently disabled by his experience.  He lives with the inability to raise his arms above shoulder height today because of it.

John McCain as a POW
Donald Trump on the other hand, used his family's wealth to get him out of Vietnam service.  Other politicians have done the same thing, but Trump's war record seems even more galling given his complete lack of respect for McCain's.

This, of course, is not the first time Trump has said something completely outside the realm of decency.  He's accused undocumented immigrants of being rapists, criminals, and disease-spreaders.  He's also exploited the killing of a young woman in San Francisco by an undocumented immigrant to the point that even her family is speaking out against him.

Let's hope, for the good of our country, that this is the end of Donald Trump's effort to be President of the United States.  He's been nothing but divisive, abrasive, and embarrassing to the Republican Party, the electoral process, and the United States of America.

He should immediately apologize to Senator McCain, all men and women that have served as Prisoners of War, and to all our heroes that have served, past and present.  It's sad that a man who claims to want to be Chief Executive of the United States and Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces can be so oblivious as to what his job requires.

Maybe this will signify the end of Mr. Trump's political and business aspirations.  I can't imagine anyone continuing to say he speaks truth now.

1 comment:

Eric Mayer said...

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!It is exactly because Trump is an embarrassment to the Republican Party that we want him around as long as possible. He is a gift to the Democrats, and he's free! Don't have to run any ads or anything. Just let him open his mouth. It is the Republicans who should want him gone, not Democrats. Also, I'm real tired of people of any political stripe being run off the stage by a mob mentality, due to something they've SAID. Americans, particularly those of the "elite" classes, seem to forget their lessons in the FIRST AMENDMENT. It is known as FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Trump explained on NBC that he was trying to criticize McCain's record on treatment of veterans, a criticism I've heard from Democrats. He didn't say it well, but apparently that's what he meant. Could there be anything more hypocritical than a war hero and warmonger who doesn't support veterans? Additionally, this "run him out of town" tactic is not reserved for Republican candidates. Look for conservatives in the Democratic Party to seize in the future on one sentence or one paragraph uttered by Bernie Sanders, to suddenly paint him as an unpatriotic wild-eyed extremist unfit for the White House. The mainstream media will pick right up on it. There's precedent: the serious, enlightened campaign of Howard Dean was thrown overboard due to ONE SPEECH.