‘Ironically, It Took John McCain To Bring Donald Trump To His Knees Over The U.S. Flag’
President Donald Trump’s refusal as Commander-in-Chief to pay respects to Sen. John McCain has drawn national outrage, and in response Trump has finally, although grudgingly, reversed course. The White House flag is back at half-staff and the president issued a half-hearted statement paying tribute, if you can call it that, to the late Arizona Senator’s memory.
But Trump’s personal resentment of Senator McCain has guided his actions and too much damage has been caused.
First, here was Trump today being asked if he had anything to say about the late Republican Senator.
How tiny of a man is Donald Trump? Here’s his “response” to questions about the passing of Sen. John McCain.pic.twitter.com/1fOy7yfu8v
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) August 27, 2018
The White House posted the statement to its Twitter account, and the Press Secretary also tweeted it out. Neither President Trump’s @POTUS account nor his personal @realDonaldTrump account have tweeted the statement.
Trump is being berated on social media:
“Donald Trump is a spectacularly petty human being. Of the many things that I am just appalled by, in terms of the way he conducts the presidency, this is perhaps the greatest,” Rep. Smith says about the President’s response to John McCain’s death https://t.co/AOgFFHF6nM pic.twitter.com/jwJeDxONeB
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) August 27, 2018
Ironically, it took John McCain to bring Donald Trump to his knees over the U.S. flag. https://t.co/vtCcHDVaSg
— Robert A George (@RobGeorge) August 27, 2018
Criminal con-man Trump grudgingly lowers flag to half-staff after facing a brutal backlash for disrespecting John McCain: After getting word that even advisers were privately asking ‘what the f*ck is wrong w/ this ignoramus?’ — the petty and depraved degenerate caves to pressure.
— Bill Madden (@activist360) August 27, 2018
John McCain: American hero.
Donld Trump: American zero.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 27, 2018
One of the men who jailed John McCain in Vietnam has given a more genuine, poigniant, heartfelt tribute to the man than the *President has. Our enemies show more humanity and respect towards US veterans than Trump does.
— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) August 27, 2018
My 4-year-old fakes contrition better than this. https://t.co/pzkOrBrCp5
— Ernie Tedeschi (@ernietedeschi) August 27, 2018
Our POTUS is such a petty, little scum bag of a man. John McCain had more patriotism in his little finger, than Trump could ever buy. If he ever makes another comparison about the flag and unpatriotic football players, he should look in the mirror. #PettyPOTUS #ImpeachTrump https://t.co/Kqi7gqhJ7v
— M@ (@tattoomatthew) August 27, 2018
Trump is so fuckin petty… just a small, small man for not honoring John McCain… Paul Manafort sells out the country and he’s “great”… McCain suffered unfathomably for this country and he won’t even fly the flag at half staff? What a pathetic piece of shit. #MondayMotivation
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) August 27, 2018
The interesting thing about this petty breach of decorum is that Trump is still holding 500 kids as hostages from their parents and was directly implicated in a criminal conspiracy last week. https://t.co/yX5Z8soHOR
— zeddy (@Zeddary) August 27, 2018
Just how petty?
Read Trump’s statement, released late Monday afternoon, about 48 hours after Sen. McCain’s passing:
Despite our differences 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.
I have asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday.
At the request of the McCain family, I have also authorized military transportation of Senator McCain’s remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.
Finally, I have asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent my Administration at his services.
Missing from Trump’s remarks: the words “hero,” “statesman,” and “patriot.”
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Trump Names His Black Supporters via Twitter
President Donald Trump, stung by recent poll numbers, took to Twitter to apparently name all of his black friends.
The President name checked a number of black celebrities, including Tiger Woods, Kanye West, George Foreman, and Jim Brown, while suggesting that “even more” endorse his presidency.
Tiger Woods showed great class in the way he answered the question about the Office of the Presidency and me. Now they say the so-called “left” is angry at him. So sad, but the “center & right” loves Tiger, Kanye, George Foreman, Jim Brown & so many other greats, even more…….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 2, 2018
.@Rasmussen_Poll just came out at 48% approval rate despite the constant and intense Fake News. Higher than Election Day and higher than President Obama. Rasmussen was one of the most accurate Election Day polls!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2018
The tweets come on the heel of a Rasmussen Poll showing the President currently has a 36% approval rating amongst black Americans. It was at 18% last year, per Rasmussen. The Rasmussen poll often shows higher approval numbers for Trump and other right-leaning candidates versus other outlets.
Trump’s approval rating per a Washington Post-ABC News poll paints a grimmer picture, with Trump’s poll numbers down to 36%, including a drop amongst both Republicans and white voters.
The same poll shows Trump’s support amongst black Americans at a mere 3%.
Woods’ comments, mentioned in the Tweet, were fairly noncommittal. When he was asked by reporters about his relationship with the President after the Northern Trust tournament in New Jersey, Woods said very little.
“Well, I’ve known Donald for a number of years,” he said. “We’ve played golf together. We’ve had dinner together. I’ve known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency,” said Woods.
When pressed further, asking how people of color may feel threatened by Trump, Woods once again ducked the question.
“He’s the president of the United States and you have to respect the office,” said Woods. “No matter who’s in the office, you may like, dislike the personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.”
Woods then brushed off any further comments.
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