On Disqualification

Everybody is just so shocked and horrified that someone would say something mean about a veteran who served bravely and was hurt in the war: 

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says Donald Trump’s comment that Sen. John McCain is not a war hero should disqualify him from the 2016 presidential race.

“It’s not just absurd, it’s offensive. It’s ridiculous. And I do think it’s a disqualifier as commander-in-chief,” Rubio said in an interview Sunday with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

The Florida senator was the latest Republican White House contender to hit Trump after the real estate mogul said Saturday that McCain “is not a war hero” because he was captured and held prisoner in Vietnam.

“He is a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said. “I like people that weren’t captured, OK?”

Since we seem to have an epidemic of historical illiteracy going around these days, here are things that outraged no Republicans whatsoever in 2004 (except, after too much time had passed for it to do any good, John McCain):





None of these things bothered the leading lights of the Republican party. None of these seemed to them to be beyond the pale. None of these were worthy of a blistering response, probably because they were useful to the man Kerry was trying to un-seat. This is how that man treated war heroes:

iraq war cemetary

None of his handiwork with regard to veterans bothered Republicans either.


ps. I seem to be turning this into the Defend Donald Trump blog of late, and it’s not intentional, except that watching people act like he’s not saying what they’re thinking is gross and unfair. I do not like the dude, but I like even less the shit people are trying to get away with around him.


5 thoughts on “On Disqualification

  1. Ah, well, any expectation of moral consistency from these jackals is probably misguided. This hypocrisy is justified, in their view, because all Democrats are liberals, and all liberals are traitors, therefore, it’s okay to treat them differently.

    It’s not exactly intellectually rigorous, but, hey, it’s good enough for them.

    1. I do wonder if T Rump is aware that McCain was born “south of the border”

  2. No need to defend T Rump; he’s still a reprehensible human being. But yes indeed, let’s compare and contrast the “outrage” his opponents in the Republican primary are expressing with their utter silence about, oh, let’s just start with John F. Kennedy, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, John Kerry, Max Cleland and Tammy Duckworth, and the shabby treatment those decorated veterans received at the greedy, grasping hands of Republican politicians and operatives.

    I see that Sen. Rubio seems to think that T Rump, who is leading all the polls, now needs to withdraw. It’s just baffling, isn’t it, that T Rump would say so many awful, racist, and disgusting things, and yet be leading the Republican polls? Since Republicans spend so much time assuring how unracist they are, it’s just inexplicable.

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