“He’s [John McCain] not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured” mocked Donald Trump at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa. It can’t be said that Trump’s outburst was unprovoked. It was likely in response to Sen. John McCain’s statement that Trump “fired up the crazies” in his Phoenix immigration rally the previous week. McCain, known for his puppy dog “pitiful me” posture, should have known that speaking ill of ‘The Donald” would result in instant brutal retribution.
Should Trump’s latest shock assertion surprise anyone? Of course not! Nonetheless, Republican leaders scampered around to figure out a response to their brethren’s antics. After all, the American public was waiting for a strong condemnation of Trump’s verbal assault on their Arizona war hero. Party leaders and candidates alike were acutely aware that any statement made by them mustn’t infuriate their unruly associate. Well aware that his tongue cuts deep, leaving no remorse in his wake. And, the potential of Trump running as an independent would be devastating to the party. The paucity of their response was evident when they affirmed that:
“Senator McCain is an American hero because he served his country and sacrificed more than most can imagine. Period. There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably.”
As anticipated, there was no mention of the incident. This artfully crafted statement by the Republican National Committee’s Chief Strategist and Communications Director, Sean Spicer, was never intended to rebuke their wayward stepbrother’s proclamation. Even when the news media kicked up a fuss and cried foul, few Republicans condemned their rebellious sibling. Most tweeted a few supporting words for their besieged brother McCain; then hunkered down, hoping that the wrath of ‘the Donald’ will pass over them.
Rick Santorum did what any red-blooded, strong-willed, “I’m one of y’all” Republicans would do in this situation. He tweeted “@SenJohnMcCain is an American hero, period.” Not mentioning Trump, he hastily shut off his phone while trotting into the “@usnews newsroom for a friendly game of peek-a-boo.” Evidently, brother Trump’s name is no longer in Rick’s vocabulary. In lockstep with Rick, Presidential candidate Ben Carson, MD also refused to comment on Trumps criticism of McCain. It could be said that that the good doctor joined with brother Trump in thrashing McCain when asked if McCain was a war hero. “It depends on your definition of a war hero” was his medicinal replied as he too scurried away to hide behind his aides. Aspiring for Number One Observatory Circle Doctor Carson?
Silly stepping really got into full swing when liberal blog site Huffington Post broke into the Fox trot. They trotted down the path of selective censorship like Fox news by announcing the following:
“After watching and listening to Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president, we have decided we won’t report on Trump’s campaign as part of The Huffington Post’s political coverage. Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section. Our reason is simple: Trump’s campaign is a sideshow. We won’t take the bait. If you are interested in what The Donald has to say, you’ll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and The Bachelorette.”
In making their decision, Huffington Post failed to realize the effect of Donald Trump’s presence in the GOP election; his polling in the national political stage; as well as issues he raises.
Truth be told, Trump will not likely get the nod from his GOP contemporaries at the upcoming convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Yet, according to Fox rules, only 9 other GOP candidates besides Trump will get the coveted invite to the smack down stage in Cleveland, Ohio on Aug. 6th. If pure of heart Democrats and Pollyanna independents think that Republicans presidential contenders are hoping that Trump abide by the usual rules of political decorum in the debate, think again. They will be overjoyed to see him lash the liberal off their rival Jeb Bush.
Republican strategist Nelson Warfield brought clarity to Bush’s destiny at the upcoming debate when he said “Trump presents a challenge for Bush because he’s a hand grenade.” Actually, Warfield was reverent in his description of the upcoming skirmish. Trump previously describing Bush as a “total disaster,” and asking, “How the hell can you vote for this guy?” clearly demonstrates the chance of Trump making nice in the debate is slim and none. And, it’s just so happen that slim just left town. So, get your popcorn, beer, and a good seat, because, it’s going to be a hot time in Cleveland town that night.