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Better Adversaries

John McCain gave a speech last night after he received the Liberty Medal for 60 years of service to the country. He got straight to the point:

“To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems,” he said, “is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”

He continued: “We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil.”

McCain’s deliberate use of the phrase “Blood and Soil” is significant. It’s a Nazi slogan. In other words, it’s a warning about how creeping fascism in the form of White Nationalism, undermines the ideals of democracy and rule of law.

Trump appears to have taken it personally (why would that be??) and responded: “I fight back”

Ooooo, be afraid John McCain, be very afraid, oh you survivor of being shot down, years as a prisoner of war and brain cancer fighter.

John McCain responded:

“I have faced tougher adversaries.”

I guess Trump will just take it out on Arizona. Jeff Flake has been getting on his nerves lately too. Maybe its time to shake them down for their lunch money.

Actually, I’d like to see Donald Trump go Mano-a-Mano with John McCain. I think McCain can take him.

Or as this tweet says:

Oh snap! That’s going to leave marks.

But wait! We are not done with him yet.

Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs had this assessment of Donald Trump:

“I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this president had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families are so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.”

At this point, Coach Pop paused, and I thought for a moment that perhaps he didn’t have the words and the conversation would end. Then he took a breath and said:

“This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner—and to lie about how previous presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers—is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House, unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office, and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this president should be ashamed, because they know better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”

Ditto, Coach Pop, megadittos.

Joe Biden is tag teaming with John McCain to dress down Trump. There’s another guy who’s seen tougher adversaries. He lost his wife and daughter in a car accident, his sons were seriously injured and a few years ago, his son Bo Biden died from cancer.
Biden was at an event today where he said Trump reminded him of another historical leader:

The former vice president graphically described the scene of his meeting with a European head of state, saying that the unnamed leader had described to him how Trump “took the president [sic] of Montenegro, shoved him aside, stuck his chest out and his chin, and all I could think of [was] ‘Il Duce’”.

Biden reenacted the mock pose to some laughter from a University of Delaware audience composed mainly of college students. He then corrected the crowd and said: “Not a joke, not a joke. That’s what people are thinking.”

Biden’s remarks – made at an event meant to promote and discuss bipartisan cooperation with Kasich – violated the precedent that outgoing presidents and vice-presidents do not criticize incoming administrations.

Biden talked about Trump in terms of fundamental concern about his effect on the world order.

“This breaking down of international and national norms is the glue that holds the liberal world order together, is the glue that holds together our system,” he said, noting growing concern among “foreign policy poobahs” about the possibility of nuclear war.

Steve Bannon wanted a fight. He’s going to get one.

2 Responses

  1. So the Republicans have to be either dying or not running for office to do the right thing. And what is up with Lindsey Graham? He was so anti-trump and seems to have turned 180 degrees. I think he is being blackmailed.

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