White House Lowers Flag for McCain. What They Did Next Triggered Massive Backlash.
Early Monday morning, the White House flag was lowered to half staff over the weekend in memory of Sen. John McCain who passed away from brain cancer. However, on Monday, the flag was raised to full staff prompting a flood of criticism.
President Trump has not made an official proclamation regarding McCain as he has done other prominent figures like Sen. John Glenn, First Lady Barbara Bush, and Rev. Billy Graham.
Flag back at full staff atop WH. Pres Trump did not issue proclamation on the death of @SenJohnMcCain, which usually calls for flags to remain at half-staff through the day of interment, which is Sunday at the @NavalAcademy. pic.twitter.com/NGasNPT0VB
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 27, 2018
Trump and McCain had a contentious relationship.
In June 2015, after Trump said of illegal immigrants crossing into the U.S. from Mexico, “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some I assume are good people,” McCain accused him of “firing up the crazies.”Trending:
One month later, in Iowa, Trump said he didn’t consider McCain a war hero because he was captured in Vietnam, asserting, “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” After he was criticized, Trump refused to apologize. McCain responded to Trump’s remarks by saying Trump should apologize “to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict.”
McCain was held prisoner in Vietnam for 5 ½ years; roughly one year into his imprisonment, McCain’s father was named commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific. That prompted the North Vietnamese to offer McCain an opportunity to be released. They saw the offer as a propaganda victory and an opportunity to demoralize other American POWs. McCain refused the offer, causing the North Vietnamese to increase his torture with intense beatings; he attempted suicide twice. Two years of his imprisonment were spent in solitary confinement in a windowless 10-by-10-foot cell.Advertisement - story continues below
In September 2016, after the tape was released in which Trump spoke of grabbing women “by the p****” and said “you can do anything” to women “when you’re a star,” McCain stated, “Donald Trump’s behavior make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy,” adding there were “no excuses” and that “he alone bears the burden of his conduct.”
In 2017, McCain intensified the anger between the two men when he refused to support the repeal of ObamaCare that Trump and the GOP favored. That tanked the effort by the GOP.
Now, is it possible that Trump put the flag back up so soon because of the contentious relationship he shared with McCain?
One would hope that, despite the fact the man wasn’t exactly dedicated to conservative principles, Trump would at least be able to show him the respect he is due for his military service to his country. It seems a bit childish for the president to react in such a way, but, then again, the current commander-in-chief has been known to hold grudges.
Let’s hope that’s not the case here and that Trump chooses the classier road.
Source: Daily Wire