Trump v. McCain: One of these is not like the others

22Jul15
John McCain, war hero (front, right)

John McCain, war hero and senator (bottom right)/Library of Congress photo

As has been widely reported, blowhard and presidential candidate Donald Trump has belittled John McCain’s (R, AZ) (Silver Star, Legion of Merit With Combat Distinguishing Device and one star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device and two stars, Purple Heart with one star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with one star and numeral ‘2’, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device and one Star, Combat Action Ribbon, Prisoner of War Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal with one star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two stars, Commander of the National Order of Vietnam, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal) record of military service, saying “I like people who weren’t captured.” A number of Republican politicians have (appropriately) attacked Trump for his ridiculous attack.

I’m starting to wonder where they were when:

Max Cleland, war hero and senator US Congress photo

Max Cleland, war hero and senator/US Congress photo

  • Tammy Duckworth (D, IL) (Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Combat Action Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge) had her service belittled by Joe Walsh.

Tammy Duckworth, war hero and senator/US Congress photo

Tammy Duckworth, war hero and congresswoman/US Congress photo

John Kerry, war hero, senator, Secretary of State/

John Kerry, war hero, senator, Secretary of State

Oh, that’s right. The only thing that matters is that first letter after their names.

Note: if you want to ask J. E. Bush why swiftboating John Kerry is praiseworthy but doing the same to John McCain is reprehensible, you can do so through his website’s contact page.

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