Meghan McCain pointed out a truism that infects all sides of politics and our representatives and leaders therein on Monday while talking about Pres. Trump’s skipping a Veteran’s Day ceremony at an American cemetery outside of Paris, France because it was raining.
McCain’s comments come following Trump’s comments on Fox News Sunday yesterday in which he now says he would’ve gone to the rainy ceremony but was “busy” with calls and “affairs of state”…and Twitter.
Harkening back to the Obama years, McCain rightly states that she and her fellow Republicans collective ‘head would’ve exploded’ if Obama had skipped honoring fallen Americans on a holiday devoted to those who served in wars.
“We should be intellectually honest here at this table,” McCain said, “that if President Obama had missed Veterans Day or missed the Armistice ceremony in France for the 100th anniversary of World War I, my head would have exploded right here on this table in front of all of you.”
She went on to say of Trump, “I think there’s this whole collection of sort of disrespect towards the military and towards our veterans and towards our history that I don’t know if he’s aware how intense it is for those of us who still respect our legacy, who still respect the military.”
In the same interview with Chris Wallace, Trump took time to criticize his chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, who served for 47 years in the Marine Corps, as well as Admiral William McRaven who led Operation Enduring Freedom and the capture of Osama bin Laden.
Any Republican or conservative who is intellectually honest and consistent should either be as dismayed toward Trump skipping the ceremony as they would’ve been if Obama had done it, or admit they were too critical of Obama. Failing to do so is simply rank partisanship and hypocrisy.