During a segment of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, CNN legal analyst and author Jeffrey Toobin responded to the repeated attacks by President Donald Trump against the late Senator John McCain.
The panel which included Blitzer and CNN political correspondent Rebecca Buck spoke of the breaking story of Trump’s extended rant about McCain during a speech he gave at a tank manufacturing facility in Lima, Ohio. Unprompted, Trump launched into disparaging remarks about McCain following several days of remarks and Twitter posts.
“…the projection of his own draft dodger status on to the indisputable war heroism of McCain is just extraordinary.”
“The thing he keeps talking about, McCain and the one thing everybody knows about McCain is that he had this extraordinary war record and Trump has the opposite of that.”
“I think there’s some psychological thing going on that he hates the fact that McCain is such a hero and he was such a weasel during Vietnam.”
Mediaite shared the video excerpt on their website Wednesday evening.
People have been puzzled by Trump’s fixation with the late Senator. McCain died in August 2018 after a lengthy battle with cancer, but the President continues his war of words with a dead man as if he were still alive and affecting current public policy.
Trump’s remarks at the tank facility—where he seemed to take credit for McCain’s funeral and complained that he was never thanked for allowing the Senator to have the funeral he wanted—were particularly puzzling as they were not the response to a question.
The President stated:
“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president, I had to approve. I don’t care about this, I didn’t get a thank you—that’s okay. We sent him on the way. But I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.”
In his prepared remarks before the gathered crowd, the President decided to disparage the legacy of the late Senator again.
But for what purpose?
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