Today, Sen. John McCain’s family released a statement that he has decided to discontinue treatment for his brain cancer. It’s “a sign that the Republican war hero is most likely entering his final days,” The New York Times reported. But over on FoxNews.com, the readers are ghoulishly delighted.
A FoxNews.com article noted supportive comments from Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The article did not mention Trump and his aides’ repeated, hideous attacks on McCain (which were often aided and abetted by Fox).
Instead, the article suggested that McCain is the one responsible for the ill will and that Trump has only responded in silence:
McCain, who has repeatedly been at odds with President Trump and criticized his rhetoric and leadership, said this year that he doesn’t want the president to attend his funeral, and prefers that Vice President Pence be there instead.
Last week, Trump signed a $716 billion defense policy bill, titled “John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019,” though did not mention the senator.
So it’s no big surprise that Fox News readers would react with goony maliciousness. Our reader Andrew, who monitors FoxNews.com so we don’t have to, brought these to our attention. Note the “likes,” too:
(McCain image via screen grab)
A few examples: Contrast McCain’s military service and defense of fellow veterans, notably John Kerry and Humayun Khan, vs. Trump’s reform-school ‘military service’ with his fascist fight-to-the-death ethos and debauched self-service (and lip service to vets). McCain didn’t just apologize for his part in the savings and loan scandal, he defied most of his party on campaign finance reform. He didn’t just experience torture, he became a civil rights champion on the subject, resoundingly defending the 8th Amendment (and modern psychology) in opposition to his party and Alan Dershowitz.
He showed the kind of principle he showed ALL his life, he knew where the line was and he NEVER crossed it.
I didn’t vote for McCain when I had the chance to. Obviously I’m not a big fan of his politics. Sure, he had his moments like on his critical no votes for the repeal of Obamacare.
Of course that act – not supporting the repeal of Obamacare – was the tipping point that set Trump’s hair on fire. Many insiders have leaked – Omarosa being the latest – of Trump’s irrational, seething hatred of Obama and his dogged determination to reverse everything the Obama administration has done – largely out of vicious spite. So McCain getting in the way of Trump’s anti-Obama warpath created unquenchable rage in our scumbag president.
Forgetting political ideology, McCain was for a more civil political atmosphere. Trump took the low ground with the birther conspiracy nonsense. Famously, McCain during his campaign against Obama corrected a woman who mouthed Trump’s lunacy. For that, I applaud the man.
[with apologies to Bill Cosby]
“Nonetheless, I salute his service to the Navy and the Senate.”
AMEN truman. Keep in mind: in addition to himself, John McCain’s grandfather, father, and his son are all U.S. Naval Academy graduates. I still remember the picture of McCain’s son shaking the hand of former POTUS Barack Obama at the Naval Academy’s graduation ceremonies back in May 2009 — Annapolis was the first service academy at which Barack Obama delivered a graduation keynote address. Like scooter mentioned earlier, I too have had BIG DISAGREEMENTS with John McCain in the past , especially his warmongering rhetoric. Nonetheless, because he served his country in the Vietnam War, I definitely believe he deserves a FULL MILITARY HONORS sendoff when he dies.