A White House staffer, Kelly Sadler, reportedly made a bad joke during a private meeting, something about how John McCain will soon be dead so it doesn’t matter how he votes on President Trump’s CIA nominee, Gina Haspel.
Someone went running to the press and word got out. Sadler reportedly did the right thing and called Meghan McCain, the senator’s daughter, to apologize. The call apparently did not go well and Miss McCain is calling for Sadler’s head.
That’s ridiculous, and I hope the White House stands its ground on this one. Meghan McCain has a right to be ungracious, she’s suffering, although it would have been more impressive if she just accepted the apology.
But you don’t ruin someone’s career – and if she’s good at what she does, harm the country – over a dumb joke made during one of their 16-hour days at the White House. Not any more than John McCain should have had his career ruined for continuing to casually and apparently regularly use the racist term “gooks” to describe the North Vietnamese 30 years after they tortured him.
This country needs to lighten up about language and offense. The over-sensitivity we see if a function of how trivial our daily lives have become, how there is so little meaning that we need insult to find something to be passionate about.
And worse, of course, it’s a part of the political correctness that is suppressing speech and enforcing left-wing thought on the nation. It’s exactly what President Trump was elected to combat, the one silver lining of his own rude behavior.
So far, so good. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders today declined to get into it with reporters over the remarks. Good show. Stick with it.