It’s very bad. This performance with our friend out
in Phoenix is very hurtful to me. Because what he
did was he fired up the crazies. Now he galvanized
them He’s really got them activated.
Trump fired back telling FoxNews anchorette, Martha McCallum:
This all started Martha, when we had thousands
and thousands of people in Phoenix, Arizona…who
by the way, are devastated by illegal immigration,
something that I’m very proud to have brought to
the forefront. We have thousands of people, and he
said they’re all crazies. He called them “crazies.”
And frankly, I think he owes them an apology.
Trump fired back again this past weekend in Arizona, taking aim at McCain’s military record, saying:
Smelling blood, most of the other Republican presidential candidates and the Republican National Committee were quick to condemn Trump’s remarks.
Then, McCain offered somewhat of an “olive branch” yesterday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”:
He might owe an apology to the families of
those who have sacrificed in conflict and those
who have undergone the prison experience in
serving their country. Many men and some
women who served and sacrificed and happened
to be held prisoner. To denigrate that service in
any way is offensive to veterans.
McCain added that Trump didn’t owe him a personal apology. But, then, McCain added a puzzling statment. Saying he has been called a “crazy” by many Arizonans during townhall meetings,he didn't mean to offend:
I thought it was a term of endearment. I meant
it as a term of affection, I’ll be honest with you.
Aware that he was prevaricating, perhaps at the behest of the RNC which doesn't need this kind of distraction, McCain couldn’t help but chuckle as the interview ended.
Trump actually said the opposite of what the Post
lead sentence and video caption claim. The
Post might have been able to get away stating
that Trump “implied” McCain was not a war
hero because McCain was captured, but even
that would have been a subjective interpretation
since Trump had actually stated the opposite.
It’s true that Trump stated one time that McCain
is not a war hero. But Trump stated four times that
McCain is a war hero–and that was not accurately
characterized in the article.
In the end, the facts are: a) Senator McCain initiated this tete-a-tete and b) Trump’s second attack went beyond the pale. But, the truth is:
- The former has demonstrated that he was willing to say just about anything to get elected President in 2008. He still appears to be doing so by calling voters “crazies” and then characterizing it as a “term of affection.” Honestly? The chuckle is the give away. “Methinks thou doest protest a bit too much,” Hamlet observed of Queen Gertrude.
- The latter says exactly what’s on his mind in his effort to get elected President, even if it sometimes isn't as polished as it ought to be. “I don’t need to be lectured,” USA Today reports Trump as saying. “Now, as respected reporter Sharyl Attkisson has proved point by point, the news media are also distorting my words. But that is not my point. McCain the politician has failed the state of Arizona and the country.” Trump then details how McCain has failed the nation’s veterans and all of what he (Trump) has done and would do as President to help them.
Unfortunately, the mainstream media now has exactly what it has wanted all along: A urinating contest between Republicans with nothing being reported about Hillary.
It’s called “silly season.” But, the important question remains: Who is telling the American people the truth?
Let the discussion begin...
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