The Coward vs. The Hero

Donald J Trump rages (once again) against John S McCain III as Republican Senator Susan Collins joins Republican Senators McCain and  Rand Paul in announcing she will vote against the latest proposal to Repeal the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”).

Her vote, a third “No” vote when Republicans can afford to lose only two,  would  seal the doom of the Repeal effort, thus saving millions of financially struggling Americans from being stripped of their Health Insurance.

Is it chivalry that causes Trump to attack McCain rather than Collins, a woman? Oh, no, we know how Trump feels about women, treats them, speaks about them. demeans them and disrespects them.

No, it is because in his heart of hearts, Donald J Trump knows that he was a coward during Vietnam, obtaining the necessary deferments from serving in the military and risking personal danger while John S McCain III, a naval aviator, was a hero being tortured in an enemy prison.

In our heart of hearts we all know who we are. And we strike out at those who, by being better than we, shame us.

But now that it appears the stake has finally been driven through the heart of the heartless effort to deprive millions of health insurance, Trump must rage against someone.

After all, he promised his voters that he would repeal the Affordable Care Act (promised that at least 66 times) and replace it with one that covered all Americans at cheaper cost. A fantasy akin to the promise that in eight years he would totally eliminate the national debt (by increasing spending on the military while reducing taxes?).

Trump had his staff put together some of McCain’s past video statements in support of “Obamacare” repeal and yesterday morning he tweeted:

@realDonaldTrump

A few of the many clips of John McCain talking about Repealing & Replacing O’Care. My oh my has he changed-complete turn from years of talk!

True, McCain has been for Repeal. But he says only  after careful study of a Replacement that does not, like the present “quickie” proposal, throw millions of Americans off their Health Insurance.

Certainly, anyone can change their mind and explain their change. Trump, himself, has changed his past view about Health Care. And he was asked to explain that change during a GOP debate in 2015 by reporter Bret Bair.

 Brier: “Now, 15 years ago, you called yourself a liberal on health care. You were for a single-payer system, a Canadian-style system. Why were you for that then and why aren’t you for it now?

Trump: “First of all, I’d like to just go back to one (a previous question). In July of 2004, I came out strongly against the war with Iraq, because it was going to destabilize the Middle East. And I’m the only one on this stage that knew that and had the vision to say it. And that’s exactly what happened.”

WHAT? That’s the answer to why the change on Health Care?

Oh, well, who knows how Trump might have explained his shift on “single payer” if he had actually answered the question asked?

But then, unlike MCCain, Trump is not a man of fixed principles except one: His own self glorification, his need to “win,” his need to belittle and “beat” anyone who gets in his way.

And so now he lashes out at a man the overwhelming majority of the public calls a hero. A hero dying of brain cancer.

 You would think that if anyone might be upset, even angry about McCain’s decision to vote against the latest GOP Repeal Bill of “Obamacare” it would be the co-authors of the bill, particularly  one of them , Senator Lindsay Graham, who considers McCain his best friend.

But, no, upon hearing that Trump had attacked McCain for his decision to vote against the latest bill,  Graham had this to say last night on CNN:

“John if you’re listening … nobody respects you more than I do. So to any American who’s got a problem with John McCain’s vote, all I can tell you is that John McCain was willing to die for this country, and he can vote any way he wants to, and it doesn’t matter to me in terms of friendship.”

So, we’re back to that.

Donald J Trump vs. John S McCain III.

In this match, Shakespeare  got it right: “A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once.”

Go in peace John McCain.

As for Trump, please just go.

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