The media has been having a field day bashing Sen. Lindsey Graham for not properly standing up for his good old buddy, the late John McCain, in the face of some mean tweets by President Donald Trump. Graham, they’ve insinuated, is too worried about angering the president or damaging his own re-election chances, to actually defend the glorious, fabled war hero who has been on the receiving end of so many awful, brutal attacks by the evil ogre in the White House. Why, it’s fallen to McCain’s poor daughter, the embattled Meghan, to come to her father’s defense. What a shame, Lindsey. What a crying shame.
Well, Graham has had enough of that kind of talk, and he pointed out to ABC News this week that many of the same people who suddenly consider John McCain the pinnacle of American heroism didn’t feel quite so positive about him before Trump came on the scene.
“I love John McCain,” Graham said. “I traveled the world with him. I learned a lot from him. He’s an American hero and nothing will diminish that. I think the president’s comments about Senator McCain hurt him more than they hurt the legacy of Senator McCain.
“I’m going to try to continue to help the president,” he continued. “A lot of people are coming to John’s defense now that called him crazy and a war mongerer, so it’s kind of interesting to see the politics of how this dispute’s being used to bash Trump by people who are against both Trump and McCain.”
This is really all that needs to be said about it. Defending McCain in some kind of vicious split with the president would only serve to embolden and gratify Trump’s enemies in the media. Their purpose is not to restore some vague notion of “civility” to the White House, and it damn sure isn’t to defend McCain’s honor. It is solely to expose cracks in the GOP’s support of Trump and to make Trump look like a brute for attacking – gasp – a “war hero.”
It’s well known, of course, that there was never any love lost between Trump and John McCain. They didn’t like each other. Period. The difference between them is that while Trump made a few off-color remarks about the Arizona senator, McCain went out of his way to sandbag what would have been the president’s most significant first-year accomplishment. When he walked onto the Senate floor and gave the thumbs-down to repealing Obamacare, he tarnished his political legacy forever.
War hero or not, John McCain made his bed. He made it with the Obamacare vote and he made it by peddling that phony dossier to the FBI. If Trump can’t forgive, well, we can’t blame him. Think of it what you will, but don’t think for a moment that these fainting spells from the liberal media are anything other than theater.