My favorite McCain thing: Poking Trump from the grave
John McCain's funeral is this weekend. In Washington DC. And Donald Trump is, specifically, not invited.
Not only was Trump asked not to attend, Barack Obama (someone Trump hates with a passion) was asked to give a eulogy. As was George W. Bush. The two people that McCain directly competed with, and lost to, in campaigning for President, are asked to speak at his funeral while Trump was directly asked to stay away.
And if that was not embarrassment enough, Trump had to endure a public shaming after McCain's death that forced Trump to do something he is loath to do - retreat from a controversial stance.
Then there was the matter of the flag over the White House. After McCain's passing, and while Trump was away for the weekend, the flag over the White House (as with all other flags on Federal Government building in DC) was lowered to half staff.
Upon Trump's return on Monday the flag was conspicuously raised back to full staff. This was an obvious gesture on the part of the Trump and brought a firestorm of universal condemnation.
So the next day Trump had to order the flag back to half staff. Ouch. I bet that hurt.
Lastly was Trump's resistance to issuing a statement in tribute to McCain after his death. This is the kind of softball that politicians usually bat 1.000 on. But not Trump.
According to many reports Trump rejected the advice of top aides who advocated for an official statement that gave the decorated Vietnam War POW plaudits for his military and Senate service and called him a hero.
The best Trump could do was to issue a statement, via Twitter, offering condolences to the McCain family. A full hour after the news of McCain's death was announced.
This was an obvious slight and, once again, drew criticism and disdain. Trump was silent on McCain for the next two days as he absorbed the condemnation and scorn.
So on Monday, two days after McCain;s death, Trump was forced to release this hostage video of him praising McCain.
You can almost see him taste that little bit of vomit in the back of his throat when he speaks the words "Senator John McCain".
Yes - it is hard to get this President to bow to pressure to do something he does not want to do. "Doubling down" is his M.O. But in this case he was forced, more than once, to backtrack on his treatment of McCain's death.
Well played, Senator.