Donald Trump wants a pat on the back for giving John McCain the ‘kind of funeral that he wanted,’ even though he ‘wasn’t a fan’ of the U.S. senator. On top of it all, the POTUS disrespected the war hero in a tank factory.
President Donald Trump, 72, not only insulted deceased John McCain, again, but wants a “thank you” too. The Arizona senator was laid to rest after a battle with brain cancer in August 2018, but Trump continued to remind people that he’s not a “fan” of the dead Vietnam war hero. “I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which, as president, I had to approve,” the POTUS said while speaking to tank workers at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio on March 20. Trump continued, “I don’t care about this, but I didn’t get thank you — that’s okay. We sent him on the way, but I wasn’t a fan of John McCain…Not my kind of guy, but some people like him and I think that’s great.”
People were already livid that Trump continues to disrespect McCain’s name, nearly seven months after the Republican senator died at 81 years old on Aug. 25, 2018. But expecting praise was the tipping point. “Absolute narcissism. @realDonaldTrump you may not have been a ‘fan’ of John McCain, but the feeling was mutual. Every living former president was INVITED. You were not,” one Twitter user wrote, but Trump’s criticism of McCain not only horrified private citizens. Illinois senator Tammy Duckworth chimed in, tweeting, “I’m not surprised that
#CadetBoneSpurs is attacking the late Senator John McCain. Sen. McCain’s legacy of honor and service must be an intimidating reminder to Donald Trump of what he will never be.” Duckworth’s original nickname for Trump, “Cadet Bone Spurs,” refers to how the president avoided the draft for the Vietnam War because he was diagnosed with bone spurs (meanwhile, McCain suffered as a prisoner of war for more than five years in Vietnam).
An editor at TheHillReporter.com, Brian Krassenstein, also pointed out McCain’s decorated reputation in the military, which made Trump’s petty remarks even more ironic. “You literally went to a tank plant and attacked a deceased American military hero John McCain. Do you realize what you did?” he asked. Another person pointed out the inappropriate setting that Trump chose to speak ill of McCain, tweeting, “🤬Disgusting Trump! Using US Army, tank plant in Lima, Ohio, US military, General Dynamics to attack a War Hero, John McCain. My family lives in Lima, Ohio, works for General Dynamic and is active duty US military, US veterans and fought in Vietnam war. 🤬.”
President Trump on John McCain: "I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don't care about this. I didn’t get thank you. That's ok. We sent him on the way, but I wasn't a fan of John McCain." pic.twitter.com/hG4XwOiIBO
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 20, 2019
Trump: "I gave John McCain the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I didn't get a thank you."
No @realDonaldTrump you didn’t!
The only thing John McCain requested was that you not be attend his funeral…
THE ONLY THING!!!
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) March 20, 2019
Trump was the only living president who didn’t attend McCain’s service at the Washington National Cathedral on Sept. 1, 2018 (former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama delivered eulogies at the funeral). Cindy McCain, the wife of the late senator, said that Trump wasn’t invited to the funeral. In 2015, Trump said that McCain was only a war hero because the senator was “captured.” Nearly four years later and Trump is still keeping this feud alive, which even caused McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, to tweet that the president should spend more Saturdays with his family instead of “obsessing” over her father on March 16.