In a society where the denigration of those who’ve passed on from this earthly realm is akin to the desecration of the deceased’s corpse, President Trump has generated horror-filled gasps with his posthumous battle with the ghost of Senator John McCain (R-AZ).
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With condemnation of the president’s obsessive attacks on his late Republican adversary coming from both sides of the political spectrum, it was only natural that when given the rare opportunity to have an extended sit-down interview with Trump — rare at least outside the confines of his de facto state media organization, Fox News — Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo felt compelled to ask the president why he persisted in engaging in such a gruesome, one-sided war of words with a dead man.
“You spend a good portion of your time in Ohio the other day trashing John McCain,” Bartiromo said in an interview scheduled for broadcast Friday morning. “Senator John McCain is dead. Why are you doing this?” she asked.
“It’s not a good portion of my time, it’s a very small portion,” he responded to undermine the premise of Bartiromo’s question.
Trump then went on to repeat an accusation that he had made on Twitter earlier in the week that McCain was responsible for forwarding the infamous Steele dossier outlining the potential collusion with between the Trump campaign and Russia to the FBI.
Trump also repeated his false characterization of the dossier as a fraud financed solely by the Hillary Clinton campaign to discredit him when it was actually begun as part of opposition research funded by a major donor supporting Senator Marco Rubio for the nomination during the Republican primaries in early 2016. Rather than having been discredited, the fact is that little the dossier contains has been proven false and much of it has been confirmed by the many subsequent investigations into Trump’s campaign.
“The dossier holds up well over time, and none of it, to our knowledge, has been disproven,” Sarah Grant and Chuck Rosenberg, a former U.S. attorney, senior FBI official and chief of the DEA, wrote in an analysis of the Steele dossier on the Lawfare blog in December.
Before Trump could be asked why a normal American citizen would find it objectionable for a patriotic senator to forward potential evidence of foreign interference in our elections to the proper authorities, Trump had already moved on to the other open sore in his psyche triggered by the late senator’s memory: McCain’s dramatic thumbs down vote that killed Republican attempts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.
Rather than point out to the president that the bill that McCain helped scuttle actually did not contain any replacement for Obamacare, but simply repealed important provisions that would lead to 20 million Americans losing access to health care, Bartiromo moved on from the topic of why Trump hated his late rival to the question of why would any sane person pick a fight with a corpse.
“Mr. President, he’s dead. He can’t punch back. He’s dead,” Bartiromo reminded Trump.
“I don’t talk about it. People ask me the question. I didn’t bring this up. You just brought it up. You asked the question,” Trump replied, conveniently — or senilely — forgetting his spontaneous, out-of-the-blue attacks on McCain yesterday at a speech at the Lima Army Tank Plant in Lima, Ohio.
Eventually, Trump responded with the same reason he gave apropos to nothing in his rambling speech yesterday in Ohio:
“I’m not a fan of John McCain, and that’s fine,” he concluded.
Reports of Senator McCain chuckling loudly in his grave have been dismissed as apocryphal.
You can watch a clip previewing Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo’s interview with President Trump in the video below.
Trump on John McCain: ‘I’m not a fan’ https://t.co/lJO5kmJcXY
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Original reporting by Samuel Chamberlain at Fox News.