Trump nixes official statement honoring John McCain, White House flags no longer flying at half mast.

By |2018-08-27T18:13:59-08:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , , |54 Comments

Pettiness thy name is Trump.

Courtesy of WaPo:

President Trump nixed issuing a statement that praised the heroism and life of Sen. John McCain, telling senior aides he preferred to issue a tweet before posting one Saturday night that did not include any kind words for the late Arizona Republican.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and other White House aides advocated for an official statement that gave the decorated Vietnam War POW plaudits for his military and Senate service and called him a “hero,” according to current and former White House aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations. The original statement was drafted before McCain died Saturday, and Sanders and others edited a final version this weekend that was ready for the president, the aides said.

But Trump told aides he wanted to post a brief tweet instead, and the statement praising McCain’s life was not released.

“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!” Trump posted Saturday evening shortly after McCain’s death was announced.

But oh, it gets even worse. 

Courtesy of The Hill:

Flags at the White House returned to full staff on Monday after they were lowered following the death of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) late Saturday.

Several reporters arriving at the White House early Monday noted that the flags were at half-staff for less than 48 hours following the Senate giant’s death. President Trump ordered the flags lowered on Saturday evening.

A number of reporters and commentators noted that in the past flags remained lowered to honor lawmakers and major public figures until their funerals.

At the US Capitol and around Washington many flags remain at half-mast to honor the passing of Senator McCain.

Trump’s reaction to McCain’s death is perhaps one of the pettiest things I have ever seen. 

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  1. OK August 27, 2018 at 6:38 am

    The pertinent section of the Flag Code says,
    “by order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possesion, as a mark of respect to their memory.”

    • Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 10:10 am

      I doubt Trump ordered the flags lowered to half mast. I expect he was told he better do it or else and he allowed them to lower them the barest minimum.

      Trump has no respect.

  2. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Cindy needs to release a statement saying John and she prefer Presidents that don’t have bone spurs.

    • Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 11:00 am

      Unfortunately, I think that’s exactly what we’ve already got. In fact, I don’t think the lying SOB has EVER had bone spurs in his entire life.

      • Anonymous in Chicago August 28, 2018 at 7:43 am

        Trump’s bone spurs are in his cranium.

  3. anon August 27, 2018 at 7:01 am

    “Murphy said he is angry — but not surprised — that the Trump White House is not keeping its flags at half-staff until McCain’s day of interment, which is scheduled for Sunday at the Naval Academy.” @Annapolis

  4. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 7:03 am

    This only reflects on trump, not McCain.

    When trump dies, the people will be dancing in the streets and I am sure he will plan some elaborate funeral that lasts at least a week.

    • Anon August 27, 2018 at 7:32 am

      I agree that Trump’s obvious intention to diminish McCain and his service makes Trump look bad to worse. I can imagine this will not be acceptable to Veterans and other patriotic decent people.

    • anon August 27, 2018 at 7:37 am

      When drumpf dies~IT~would be apropos to have a “Golden Toilet” as his ‘shrine’ so anyone could come shit on his grave….

    • Beaglemom August 27, 2018 at 10:53 am

      I suggest hanging Don the Con from a lamppost when he finally expires. It worked for Mussolini.

    • Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      I plan to put on a red dress and go out dancing. Unfortunately fireworks are illegal in my state or I’d be fireing them off.

      • viv August 27, 2018 at 10:54 pm

        Imagine the security necessary to prevent half the world’s population from dancing on his grave…

        His grave would become Party Central anyway.

  5. Peace August 27, 2018 at 7:08 am

    “The prison was being run at the time by Colonel Trần Trọng Duyệt.
    Speaking to Việt Nam News yesterday, he said: “I had a lot of time meeting him when he was kept in the prison.

    “At that time I liked him personally for his toughness and strong stance.
    Later on, when he became a US Senator, he and Senator John Kerry greatly contributed to promote Việt Nam-US relations so I was very fond of him.”

    “When I learnt about his death early this morning, I feel very sad. I would like to send condolences to his family. I think it’s the same feeling for all Vietnamese people as he has greatly contributed to the development of Việt Nam – US relations.” “It can be said that Senator McCain is a symbol of the Việt Nam – US reconciliation process during which the two sides overcame their past as old enemies to normalise and develop bilateral relations “McCain enthusiastically supported and made untiring efforts for the Việt Nam – US comprehensive partnership,” He has a very special position in the history of the Việt Nam – US relationship, said Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Hà Kim Ngọc.”

    • anon August 27, 2018 at 7:24 am

      November 1, 1955 – April 30, 1975>”“For both the government of Vietnam and its people, Senator McCain was a symbol of his generation of senators, and of the veterans of the Vietnam war,”
      Vietnam’s foreign minister Pham Binh Minh wrote in a condolence book at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi on Monday.
      “It was he who took the lead in significantly healing the wounds of war, and normalizing and promoting the comprehensive Vietnam-U.S. partnership,”

      “A monument on the shores of the Hanoi lake where McCain was captured has turned into a de facto shrine to the late senator since news of his death reached Vietnam early on Sunday morning.
      Both Vietnamese people and U.S. citizens in Hanoi have flocked to the grey, concrete monument to offer flowers, incense, flags and other tributes to McCain.”

  6. anon August 27, 2018 at 7:18 am

    “McCain, who died Saturday at 81 from brain cancer, appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” a record-setting 73 times,”
    “Friedman called out Graham for choosing Trump as a golfing buddy instead of remaining loyal to his friend and GOP colleague.
    “Lindsey Graham has gone over the wall of Bedminster Golf Course to play golf with Donald Trump, and Graham knows better — and it’s shameful,” “<buttfucker!

  7. anonymous August 27, 2018 at 7:43 am
  8. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 7:46 am

    I’ll never forget watching John McCain vote down Obamacare repeal
    The Arizona senator’s thumbs down was something to watch.

    The Senate had been debating Obamacare repeal for two months, and it all came down to one night.

    We already knew Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) would probably vote against the Republican plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, even the “skinny” version that didn’t do much more than repeal the individual mandate and would, some senators hoped, set up negotiations with the House over a real health care plan. Those two had held firm in their opposition for weeks.

    But on July 27, 2017, we didn’t know what John McCain was going to do. And it would take three votes to stop repeal.

    The Arizona senator had been noncommittal for days. He was clearly perturbed with the closed-door, rushed process that had produced the GOP’s repeal plans. There was nothing regular about the order, and John McCain was nothing if not a regular order guy. He wanted a bill to go through committees, be subject to amendments, like the Senate is supposed to work. He wanted regular order.

    So folks around the Capitol had started to wonder — would McCain really put the kibosh on his party’s No. 1 legislative priority? All we knew for sure was what the Arizona senator, who had recently announced the brain cancer diagnosis that took his life Saturday, instructed a few reporters as he walked onto the Senate floor that fateful night: “Wait for the show.”

    • Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      If only he had also voted down the tax bill and refused to confirm that CIA Torture bitch.

  9. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Here’s House Republicans’ list of all the Trump scandals they’re covering up
    It’s not a short list.

  10. Anon August 27, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Excluding Trump, John McCain’s posthumous message:

  11. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 7:56 am

    “NOW here we are, with President Trump and many Republicans spitting on John McCain” “In the reaction to Trump’s pettiness over John McCain we need to realize that this is the reaction of every group whom he has spit upon; for example, the p*ssy hats Republicans mocked were the equivalent of former service members outrage over the way Trump is reacting right now. Sexual assault often causes PTSD similar to what some service members face.” “There is simply no empathy or compassion in Trump. He doesn’t support the troops. He supports no one and nothing but the Trump brand”

  12. PM August 27, 2018 at 8:24 am

    The Beatles The End
    ‘And in the end, the love you take
    Is equal to the love you make’

    McCartney “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End”

    • Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you! A fave.

  13. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 8:28 am

    John McCain’s Victims Are A Part Of His Story

    …McCain’s victims ― the millions who have suffered and died in accordance with his war hawk policies and positions ― who are already invisible in popular discourse in the U.S., are now deemed wholly unmentionable. Because McCain was a “great American.”

    But what is American greatness? Is it a reflection of what the U.S. claims to embody or a reflection of its actual practices? Was McCain a great American when he demanded escalation after escalation in Iraq, even as the majority of Americans turned against the war effort? Was he a great American when he insisted the surge was a necessary investment and that maintaining a military presence in Iraq might be necessary? Was he a great American when he sang “bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann” at a campaign stop in 2007 or compared the country’s then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey in 2013? Perhaps McCain was modeling American greatness when he said, “I hate the g**ks. I will hate them as long as I live.”

    …Death comes to us all, but for many of McCain’s victims, it has come in the form of imperialism and violence dealt by American drones, bombs and artillery. For others, it may come in the form of gross inequality and inadequate medical care. The lives and deaths of McCain’s victims should not be erased for the sake of sentimentality, nationalism or sanctimony. Not even for a day.

  14. anon August 27, 2018 at 9:04 am
  15. CS August 27, 2018 at 10:03 am

    “Sen. John McCain wasn’t a perfect senator, but he’s a whole lot better than Richard Russell.” “Nothing will overcome the loss of Senator McCain, but so that generations remember him I will be introducing a resolution to rename the Russell building after him.”

  16. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 10:06 am

    And still it was all about him. He posted a photo of himself with his abrupt acknowledgement that McCain has died.

    As one new commentator put it. He PETTY.

    The flag thing is just insulting. Dishonorable. DEPLORABLE!

    What a fuck.

    • Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      Please do not insult Tom Petty, anonymous commentator.
      Another artist missed.

      • Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 8:32 pm

        Petty the verb. He is being petty.

        Blame iPhone.

        • Beaglemom August 28, 2018 at 4:44 am

          Should be “petty the adjective.”

  17. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Trump’s destruction: A neuroscientist explains what happens when a narcissist begins to lose power

    …Given that he holds the most powerful office in the world, knowing what to expect from him is of considerable importance. If we can predict how Trump might react, we can better prepare for damage control and countering any destructive behavior or attempts to create further division and chaos. To do this requires looking to the field of psychology.

    …So, the question becomes, what happens when a narcissist is being threatened with the loss of power and control? The answer is something psychologists call “narcissistic injury.” The phrase was coined by none other than Sigmund Freud in the 1920s, and it occurs when a narcissist feels that they have been disrespected, belittled, or their true self revealed. This often happens when they are experiencing a “fall from grace,” which is why understanding the phenomenon is so important at present.

    The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines narcissistic injury as “vulnerability in self-esteem which makes narcissistic people very sensitive to injury from criticism or defeat.” The manual goes on to say “Although they may not show it outwardly, criticism may haunt these individuals and may leave them feeling humiliated, degraded, hollow, and empty.”

    A common initial reaction to injury is for the narcissist to lash out and place the blame on others.

    …When a narcissist’s self-esteem or self-worth is badly injured, their whole identity begins to fall apart, and they often respond with what is referred to as “narcissistic rage.” When this happens, the lashing out, bullying, threats, and erratic behaviors rise to new levels. Rather than accepting the blame one deserves for their own actions, narcissists tell themselves that others are responsible, and that they deserve to be punished. They often become obsessed with revenge, which comes in many forms, such as verbal or even physical abuse.

    …Narcissistic rage can also manifest itself as intense anger, outbursts, and extreme aggressiveness. As Donald Trump begins to feel more and more like his downfall is imminent, we should expect his behavior to become progressively chaotic, and a total meltdown is likely. When this happens, in a desperate attempt to regain control, he will likely call on his remaining loyal supporters to wreak havoc on the nation in his name.

    • Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      But this has been going on for years with trump, blaming others, lashing out, so he has been in a narcissistic rage for years and years

  18. anon August 27, 2018 at 10:25 am

    He condemns the NFL players for taking a knee for a cause that is extremely important to them, and calls them unpatriotic and disrespectful of veterans, while he is…openly disrespecting John McCain, a war veteran. Who’s really unpatriotic here?

  19. A L August 27, 2018 at 10:41 am

    ”“On behalf of The American Legion’s two million wartime veterans, I strong urge you to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting Senator McCain’s death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation’s flag be half-staffed through his interment.””

    • Beaglemom August 27, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      Well, the White House lowered the flag again and agreed to allow the use of a military carriage. I wonder if the pressure from the American Legion, that bastion of Republican support, had an effect. We can be sure that Don the Con did not suddenly feel remorse for his creepy weekend behavior.

      • Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 8:41 pm

        Also AmVets. Plus the VA hall in Arizona at which McCain was a lifetime member. Not just veterans’ organizations. Not just military. Not just Americans. Trump has been shamed by the WORLD.

        But I’ll bet he’s still learned nothing and resents not being allowed to be the vindictive asshole we all know and hate.

  20. puck August 27, 2018 at 10:50 am

    the only Republican that i had respect and LIKING for is dead. let the one i hate soon follow suit and free us all.

  21. anon August 27, 2018 at 11:00 am

    FB>”As big a dick move as this is, at this point I suppose we should be grateful that it’s not a Russian flag.”<Jim is Wright

  22. anon August 27, 2018 at 11:09 am

    “‘I like people who weren’t captured'”

  23. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 11:11 am

    On Monday morning in Arizona, Senator John McCain’s former campaign manager Rick Davis, acting as a spokesperson for the McCain family, read aloud the text of the late senator’s final letter to the public. “These are John’s words,” he said. What follows is a transcription of what Davis read:

    My fellow Americans whom I have gratefully served for 60 years and especially my fellow Arizonians. Thank you for the privilege of serving you, and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office has allowed me to lead.

    I’ve tried to serve our country honorably. I’ve made mistakes but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them. I’ve often observed that I am the luckiest person on earth. I feel that way even now, as I prepare for the end of my life. I’ve loved my life, all of it. I’ve had experiences, adventures, friendships, enough for 10 satisfying lives, and I am so thankful. Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not trade a day of my life in good or bad times for the best day of anybody else’s.

    I owe this satisfaction to the love of my family. One man has never had a more loving wife or children he was prouder of than I am of mine. And I owe it to America to be connected to America’s causes: Liberty, equal justice, and respect for the dignity of all people brings happiness more sublime than life’s fleeting pleasures. Our identities and sense of worth were not circumscribed, but are enlarged by serving good causes bigger than ourselves.

    Fellow Americans, that association has meant more to me than any other. I lived and died a proud American. We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil. We are blessed and are a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world. We have helped liberate more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history, and we have acquired great wealth and power in the progress.

    We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment, and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down; when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.

    We are 325 million opinionated, vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates. But we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country, we will get through these challenging times. We will come through them stronger than before, we always do.

    Ten years ago I had the privilege to concede defeat in the election for president. I want to end my farewell to you with heartfelt faith in Americans that I felt so powerfully that evening. I feel it powerfully still.

    Do not despair of our present difficulties. We believe always in the promise and greatness of America because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit, we never surrender, we never hide from history. We make history. Farewell fellow Americans, God bless you, and God bless America.

  24. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 11:28 am

    John McCain’s Epiphany About Paul Manafort

    Manafort saw managing the 2008 Republican convention as almost a birthright. But McCain denied him the job. He couldn’t abide Manafort’s pro-Russian clients—and told him so.

    How This Will End
    Sooner or later, tyrants are always abandoned by their followers.

    …A tyrant is unloved, and although the laws and institutions of the United States have proven a brake on Trump, his spirit remains tyrannical—that is, utterly self-absorbed and self-concerned, indifferent to the suffering of others, knowing no moral restraint. He expects fealty and gives none. Such people can exert power for a long time, by playing on the fear and cupidity, the gullibility and the hatreds of those around them. Ideological fervor can substitute for personal affection and attachment for a time, and so too can blind terror and sheer stupidity, but in the end, these fall away as well.

    And thus their courtiers abandon even monumental tyrants like Mussolini—who at least had his mistress, Claretta Petacci, with him at his ignominious end. (Melania’s affections are considerably less certain.) The normal course of events is sudden, epic desertion, in which an all-powerful political figure who loomed over everything is suddenly left shrunken and pitiful, a wretched little figure in gaudy robes absurdly too big for him, a figure of ridicule as much as, and even more than, hatred.

    This is going to happen to Trump at some point.

  25. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 11:31 am

    It Would Take Only a Single Senator
    With Republicans clinging to a precarious 50–49 majority, every individual GOP senator can serve as a check on Trump’s excesses whenever they choose to act.

    …But with Doug Jones’s victory in the Senate race in Alabama, the Republican count shrank to 51. With McCain’s death, and until a (presumably Republican) replacement is named, only 50 Republican senators are available to vote, while the Democrats and independents together number 49.

    This means that just one Republican senator joining the Democrats and independents would give them 50 votes, against only 49 Republicans, until McCain’s successor is sworn in. And even after that, a total of two Republican senators would have it in their power to create a 51-vote majority and impose limits on an executive they know to be out of control.

    Who might those two senators theoretically be?

    • Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 11:33 am

      …There’s one more reason why nobody will tell the mad king the hopeless truth that he’s surrounded, outmanned, outgunned, and that there’s no telling from where or when the next blow will come: The king is mad and doesn’t want to hear it. And his courtiers, seeking his favor, have either to convince themselves or play along with it. They do this both in talks with him privately and in their public utterances—to show loyalty, or because they are well paid to do so.

  26. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Who will have the fortitude to pick up the torch from John McCain’s grasp?

    …“Senator, have you spoken with the president-elect?” I asked. “Yes,” he replied, “I called him the week after the election to congratulate him. He kept on saying, ‘You didn’t support me.’ I said, ‘That’s right.’ He kept on asking again and again, and I finally said, ‘After what you said about Dr. Khan, a Gold Star father, no way I could ever support you.’”

    And I thought to myself that when I had heard that same man mock McCain’s captivity and his five years’ suffering in prison, I knew he was irredeemable.

  27. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 11:47 am

    White House Kicks Reporters Out Of Oval Office When They Ask About John McCain

    …Trump has turned a presidential slam dunk into a self-inflicted wound

    The easiest thing in the world for a president to do is a kind statement honoring someone of national or global significance who has passed away. In the case of a war hero, and regarded American hero like John McCain, it is even easier. McCain is a man who spent six decades of his life in public service. His life is one that lends itself easily to a generous public statement.

  28. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Veterans Group Calls Out Trump’s ‘Outrageous’ Response To John McCain’s Death

    AMVETS, one of the country’s largest veterans organizations, blasted President Donald Trump on Monday over his lackluster response to the recent death of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

    The organization, also known as American Veterans, tweeted that it was “deeply disappointed in the lack of traditional and appropriate respect in the White House’s reaction” to the decorated Vietnam veteran’s death.

    “AMVETS is calling on the White House to show appropriate respect for the passing of Sen. McCain,” AMVETS tweeted. “He was a war hero, twice a presidential contender, and a national treasure who devoted his entire adult life to protecting and improving the American way of life.”

    Trump Caves To National Outrage And Orders Flags Lowered For John McCain

    …’Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.

    I have asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday.

    At the request of the McCain family, I have also authorized military transportation of Senator McCain’s remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.

    Finally, I have asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent my Administration at his services.’

    Someone finally convinced the pouty president that he was not helping himself by giving John McCain’s passing the cold shoulder treatment. Trump is making it sound like he is undertaking a series of grand gestures for McCain when the truth is that he is caving to public outrage and a mountain of bad publicity that he caused.

    • Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      I would bet the farm that trump DID not write that statement, it was prepared for him after all the back lash of his petting, childish conduct.

  29. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    With his closest allies defecting, the president increasingly trusts only his instincts. He “got joy” from stripping former C.I.A. director John Brennan’s security clearance. And after betrayals by Allen Weisselberg and David Pecker, a former White House official says, Trump “spent the weekend calling people and screaming.”

    …More than ever, Trump is acting by feeling and instinct. “Trump is nuts,” said one former West Wing official. “This time really feels different.” Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Shine has privately expressed concern, a source said, telling a friend that Trump’s emotional state is “very tender.” Even Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are unsettled that Trump is so gleefully acting on his most self-destructive impulses as his legal peril grows. According to a source, Jared and Ivanka told Trump that stripping security clearances from former intelligence officials would backfire, but Trump ignored them. Kushner later told a friend Trump “got joy” out of taking away John Brennan’s clearance. His reaction to the death of John McCain—quashing a White House statement in praise of the senator, and restoring White House flags to full staff—falls into the same self-indulgent category.

  30. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    All the news and stories on McCain must be hurting little donnies feelings, not in the spotlight for a day and he can’t take it.

    • Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      Look at the thumbnail pic. THIS is who he is, and you’d better believe that he is spouting.
      Let “him” die, and see if he lies in state at the Washington rotunda.

  31. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Well at least baby bumkins can go play golf this weekend instead of attending a funeral.

    Also check out this article, not only that but cadet bonespurs said that McCain wasn’t a hero because he was captured way back in 1999 on 60 minutes!!!! OMG does he file his stupid remarks away for later use?


    McCain opposed $350million in Federal loan guarantees for Trump in 1996.

  32. Anonymous August 27, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    IQ45 was publicly shamed into lowering the flag again until the day after the funeral. Trump is getting a hard schooling on how to behave like a civilized adult. It won’t stick of course. But at least for now he has a bevy of people pointing out what a petty prick he is and why he has to follow protocol whether it hurts his little fee fees or not.

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