Earlier this month, I contended that Sen. John McCain’s otherwise inexplicable vote to tank the Senate’s Obamacare repeal effort likely stemmed from lingering resentment over President Trump ridiculing him during the campaign for being captured by the Vietnamese.
In an interview broadcast Sunday on C-SPAN, McCain made a clear reference to Trump’s claim that he had a bone spur, which helped Trump avoid serving in the Vietnam War.
One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never, ever countenance, is that we drafted the lowest income level of America, and the highest income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur.
McCain, of course, is absolutely right. But his comment suggests what I suspected, a grudge against Trump.
As a GOP primary candidate, Trump made a contemptible comment about McCain. But it was just politics – Trump surely knew that the base whose support he needed dislikes McCain, who is viewed as a moderate who favors amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Nevertheless, McCain is a reliable enough Republican that his complaints about proper procedures not being followed during the passage of the Obamacare “repeal” bill don’t ring true. He should put the country above his own pique. Republicans were elected to do one thing more than any other – get rid of Obamacare. McCain, in casting the deciding vote to maintain Obamacare, has violated this trust.
UPDATE: McCain denied Monday that he was referring to Trump.