John McCain is having a very, very bad day.
Having recently threatened to only endorse Donald Trump if the candidate apologized to America’s POWs for once remarking that John McCain was a loser for getting captured by the enemy in Vietnam, Trump instead called his bluff and now McCain is f*cked.
Let’s back up.
On May 8, John McCain said he was prepared to support Trump as the GOP nominee for president, but first, he wanted an apology for the offensive remarks Trump had made about POWs.
I think it’s important for Donald Trump to express his appreciation for veterans — not John McCain, but veterans who were incarcerated as prisoners of war.
However, if there is one thing we can be sure about with Donald Trump it’s that he is not going to let McCain coerce him into being a decent human being. Being Trump means never having to say you’re sorry.
Instead, Trump took an opportunity while talking to radio host Don Imus to double down. Not only does he not feel sorry about his comments, but he felt like people really agreed with him: John McCain is a loser.
I like not to regret anything. You do things and you say things. And what I said, frankly, is what I said. And some people like what I said, if you want to know the truth. There are many people that like what I said. You know after I said that, my poll numbers went up seven points.
The problem now for McCain is that he still has to endorse Donald Trump. He was never going to stand against him. Now he just gets the honor of groveling while knowing that Donald Trump thinks his years of torture and detainment in Vietnam made him a weak coward. And not just that, mocking McCain’s capture actually helped Trump in the polls.
McCain’s plight is one that is being played out across the entire Republican Party. As the “Never Trump” coalition implodes, the desperate survivors now have to make peace with the fact that their lack of integrity means swallowing their pride and kissing Trump’s ring. Ted Cruz, whose hatred of Trump is both well-founded and still burning hot, is in a similar position. In the next six months, he’ll have to decide whether he gets left behind by Trump’s Republican Party or bows down to the man who once called his wife ugly and later floated the idea that his dad was involved in the Kennedy assassination.
Of course, these politicians could disavow Trump. They could simply say “No. This man does not represent me or my party and I’m not going to stand for it.” But let’s face it, that would take a level of courage and integrity that just isn’t there. Instead, we’ll likely see the party jump through as many hoops as it needs to in order to convince itself that this obnoxious blowhard is really not that bad. Even McCain.
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