McCain v. Trump: There’s more to the story

Trump has engaged Republicans weary of the establishment control of the GOP

The Washington Post’s Dan Balz is apoplectic in describing what he terms GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s “attack” on John McCain in questioning his heroism. In a report on the fray, littered with quotes from unnamed presidential candidates, one used the word “lethal” and another expected “a complete cratering” of Trump’s support. “Still another,” Balz writes, “predicted Trump would become ‘a niche candidate’ and a “sideshow to the main event.”

In fact, just the opposite is true. Recent polling shows outspoken businessman Donald Trump leading the pack with 18%. Recently announced Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker jumped in at 15% and Jeb Bush stands at 14%. None of the other GOP candidates reach double digits.

McCain, it should be remembered, began the slugfest with his comments in reaction to Trump’s Phoenix appearance last week which drew 5,000 attendees. McCain not only denounced Trump as “firing up the crazies,“ he arrogantly gave a back of the hand to the Republicans and registered Independent “crazies” who stood in line in the blazing Phoenix 106° heat for hours to attend the ticket admission event.

The war of words ramped up as Trump retaliated by calling McCain, who graduated at the bottom of his USNA class, a “dummy.”

McCain’s disparaging remark was not solely aimed at Trump. He has long been in a death grip with conservative stalwarts who finally had their fill and censured McCain at the AZ GOP state meeting in 2014. His response was to turn his operatives loose on the elected precinct committeemen, in an attempt to purge the party activists from the Republican ranks. Additionally, he urged the IRS to target conservatives. At the 2015 state meeting, both McCain and Jeff Flake were greeted with boos and turned backs.

Wisely, Gov. Scott Walker has stayed on message, and refused to attack Trump, as did Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. But Marco Rubio, who was integral to McCain’s Gang of Eight amnesty coalition, jumped on the anti-Trump brigade.

John McCain’s hero status can’t be questioned, but these are the facts: On veterans’ issues, John McCain talks out of both sides of his mouth. This list of key votes unequivocally shows McCain has either not voted or often voted in opposition to legislation affecting veterans, troops, reservists and their families. John McCain has done everything in his power to block the release of information on American Vietnam era MIAs as evident in this shocking video by Vietnam Veterans Against McCain. It features veterans, U.S. Congressmen and knowledgeable staff.

This video shows John McCain walking out of a congressional hearing after insulting Delores Alfond, chair of the National Alliance of Families, who spent her life seeking information after her brother was shot down over North Vietnam. McCain intentionally made sure all information was classified and made unavailable.

Lost in the melee is the fact that McCain is also a candidate. Running for a sixth six-year senate term, he will be 80 by Election Day. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1982 —- long before many voters were born. The intemperate man is clearly past his prime, but is unable to relinquish his lavish D.C. lifestyle.

Fortunately, we have the ability to help him.


22 Responses to McCain v. Trump: There’s more to the story

  1. Saguaro Sam says:

    Op-Ed, published July 19, 2015 in USA Today, by Donald Trump:

    “During my entire business career, I have always made supporting veterans a top priority because our heroes deserve the very best for defending our freedom. Our Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals are outdated dumps. I will build the finest and most modern veterans hospitals in the world. The current medical assistance to our veterans is a disaster.

    A Trump administration will provide the finest universal access health care for our veterans. They will be able to get the best care anytime and anywhere.

    Thanks to McCain and his Senate colleague Bernie Sanders, their legislation to cover up the VA scandal, in which 1,000+ veterans died waiting for medical care, made sure no one has been punished, charged, jailed, fined or held responsible. McCain has abandoned our veterans. I will fight for them.

    The reality is that John McCain the politician has made America less safe, sent our brave soldiers into wrong-headed foreign adventures, covered up for President Obama with the VA scandal and has spent most of his time in the Senate pushing amnesty. He would rather protect the Iraqi border than Arizona’s. He even voted for the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, which allows Obama, who McCain lost to in a record defeat, to push his dangerous Iran nuclear agreement through the Senate without a supermajority of votes.

    A number of my competitors for the Republican nomination have no business running for president. I do not need to be lectured by any of them. Many are failed politicians or people who would be unable to succeed in the private sector. Some, however, I have great respect for.

    My record of veteran support is well-documented. I served as co-chairman of the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission and was responsible, with a small group, for getting it built. Toward this end, I contributed over $1 million so our warriors can be honored in New York City with a proper memorial. I also helped finance and served as the grand marshal of the 1995 Nation’s Day Parade, which honored over 25,000 veterans. It was one of the biggest parades in the history of New York City, and I was very proud to have made it possible.

    I will continue to fight to secure our border and take care of our veterans because these steps are vital to make America great again!
    Donald Trump is a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.”

  2. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Poor Donald. He’s getting such flak for saying the exact same thing that Lefty Al Franken said about McCain in 2000, when McCain ran for president the first time. But Trump is a “Republican” who can’t get away with the exact word-for-word phrase like a far-left Democrat can.

    As far as McCain calling the base ‘crazies’ – the only crazies I see are the ones who keep voting for this sub-par senator.

    Watching ‘Politics Unplugged’ last evening, the state treasurer, Jeff DeWitt, was on speaking against Ducey’s plan for funding education. It was also disclosed that DeWitt was on Trump’s private jet when Trump was in Phoenix last week and Trump tried to encourage him to run against McCain. DeWitt said no. Trump really doesn’t like our vile senator.

    Dennis Welch, who is as “objective” as Valerie Jarrett, brought up Kelli Ward and sneered at how long it took her to decide to run. Both the Republican and Democrat on the show were rather negative. The Democrat, the unkempt one who needs a shave, a haircut and a shower, had a laugh over McCain’s hit piece on Ward featuring ‘chem trails’ which they played. The Republican mildly stuck up for her saying the people in Mohave County have different priorities than other areas of AZ. They both said she needs a lot of money to run against McCain. I think McCain wields way too much power and influence over the GOP types on radio and TV from AZ. None of them speak out against him like the more educated voters do.

  3. Army Of One says:

    The nation’s largest Iraq veterans organization, “Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America,” a nonpartisan group grades members of Congress on how they vote on legislation that “affects troops, veterans or military families.” Included are votes on such issues as expanded health care services for veterans and reservists, military death benefits, traumatic brain injury research and adequate rest for service members between deployments

    In 2008 when they were both running for President, McCain received a grade of “D” on the IAVA scorecard which was a lower score than Obama. Here is the Newsweek magazine article:

    • azgary says:

      I am sick and tired of hearing McCain is a hero, what he did decades ago has long since been nullified by the damage he has done back at home.

      remember, benedict Arnold was considered a hero before being condemned as a traitor.

      McCain is anti-American citizen, only in it for lobbyist money and power, IMHO he is a traitor now regardless of any past actions

  4. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    Gov. Scott Walker’s waaay ahead in the Iowa GOP caucus. These are brand new numbers:

    I glad too see he’s leaving Jebby in the dust, where he belongs!!

    • azgary says:

      “Walker: I support a path to citizenship in comprehensive immigration reform”

      Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that he supports a pathway to citizenship to illegal immigrants but said that people who are waiting in line should have “first preference.”…..
      We just have a broken system. And to me, if somebody wants to come in and live the American dream and work hard … we should have a system that works and let’s people in……..
      What about 2016? Walker declined to comment on his own prospects, but offered a suggestion about who might have the best credentials to run — except for the last name: “I think it would have a major impact just because he’s a great performer. And I mean that in the best of sense,” Walker said. “You look at his two terms of governor of obviously a tremendously large and significant state — and he turned things around in terms of the economy… He’s got a great record of success.”

      And if it wasn’t for his last name, Bush might’ve been talked up to run for president sooner.
      “I think frankly in this election and in the past, if you took your finger and covered his last name and just talked about Jeb, there’d be a lot of us who would be talking about him running for president a lot sooner than now,” Walker said.

      NRO: Scott Walker approved Milwaukee county resolution in 2002 demanding comprehensive immigration reform

      The resolution, viewable here, did not mention or spell out such penalties, and expressed support for “comprehensive immigration reform” that would have provided “greater opportunity for undocumented working immigrants to obtain legal residency in the United States.”

      Scott Walker APPROVES TPP / ObamaTrade:

      Scott Walker Supports Common Core
      Walker Defunds Smarter Balanced Test, But Replacement
      Exam Also Aligned With Common Core

      Scott Walker Hires Brad Dayspring – RINO Hired Hit Man against

      See, I told you Scott Walker is a pro-amnesty RINO

      • azgary says:

        Scott Walker Adjusts Stance on Immigration at Private Dinner

        Likely GOP presidential candidate says he backs allowing undocumented immigrants becoming eligible for citizenship
        Reid J. Epstein
        Updated March 26, 2015 7:27 p.m. ET
        Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told a private dinner of New Hampshire Republicans this month that he backed the idea of allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the country and to eventually become eligible for citizenship, a position at odds with his previous public statements on the matter.

      • Arizona Conservative Guy says:

        How do you explain this?
        As presidential hopeful Scott Walker toured a farm in this tiny town where he lived as a child, he was confronted by an undocumented worker from Mexico who is living in Wisconsin and demanded to know why Walker does not support President Obama’s plan to give temporary status to some undocumented workers, including parents of children who were born in the United States.
        “We’re a nation of laws,” Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, repeatedly told Jose Flores, 38, who was joined by two of his four children, Luis, 7, and Leslie, 13, who had tears rolling down her cheeks throughout the exchange. Flores, who lives in Waukesha and works for a medical supply factory, said he and his wife live in fear of being deported and separated from their children, who he said were all born in the United States.
        “My point,” Walker said, “is that you have to follow the law, follow the process.”

        Check it out here:

        This whole load of BS about illegals being separated from their children is mind numbing. They take their children with them, American born or not.

      • azgary says:

        public rhetoric with a finger in the wind.

        walker is much more establishment than he presents.

      • azgary says:

        Walker Adviser on Strategy: ‘Much Easier To Move From Being Conservative to Moderate Later On’
        adviser anonymously tells National Journal that the now officially announced presidential contender’s strategy will be to first “lock up” conservatives and then move to a more moderate position later on in the campaign.

        “You start in Iowa and lock up conservatives, because if you don’t do that, none of the rest matters,” Walker’s adviser reportedly told journalist Tim Alberta. “It’s much easier to move from being a conservative to being a middle-of-the-road moderate later on.”

        “In Iowa, you see the beginnings of that,” he added. “He’s capturing that conservative wing first and foremost, and then moving from Iowa to the other states and bringing other voters into the fold.”

        The idea, according to the adviser, is that Walker’s strategy on the national playing field will be the same as what has worked in Wisconsin: he will present himself as a blue-collar, down to earth kind of guy who didn’t graduate from college, who appeals to everyone and, ultimately, unites all stripes of the Republican Party.

        By way of example, the National Journal points to this ad put out by Walker’s re-election campaign last fall during his battle with Democrat Mary Burke, whose supporters were blasting Walker for signing a bill requiring an ultrasound prior to an abortion. In the ad, Walker states:

        I’m pro-life. But there’s no doubt in my mind the decision of whether or not to end a pregnancy is an agonizing one. That’s why I support legislation to increase safety and to provide more information for a woman considering her options. The bill leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor.

        The ad has everything anyone could want. It empathizes with women in the predicament of having an unwanted or difficult pregnancy, and it acknowledges without apology that Walker is “pro-life,” yet, in the end, most people who favor abortion rights could say this is a “pro-choice” ad because Walker states his legislation leaves the decision of abortion to a woman and her doctor. Note that Walker says he is concerned about safety, but no mention is made of unborn babies.

  5. VINOAZ says:

    Watch out for a deal to appoint McCain’s daughter to “his seat” if he gets re-elected. Let’s make sure he doesn’t.

  6. State Delegate says:

    I just read the Washington Post article. That’s quite a bit of wishful thinking on the part of the author who seems to think Trump is being abandoned for exposing John McCain.

    Dan Balz ought to interview some Arizona conservatives who know McAwful a whole lot better than he does. Trump is not being “abandoned” by anyone who matters. McCain is vulnerable in his re-re-re-re-re-re-re-reelection.

    Those of us who know McCain and his duplicity are sick of him and his constant boot clicking for Mexican illegals. He gets over the finish line by deceitfully decimating his opponents and outspending them 10 to 1. David Brat’s come from behind victory over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia showed us money and powerful positions can be overcome.

  7. Orion says:

    Sun City and Leisure World are full of McCain voters since they buy into his well practiced blarney. I hope Dr. Kelli Ward makes a point of visiting those communities so they see there is a real choice.

  8. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Donald Trump V McCain: McCain EXPOSED‏

  9. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Memory Lane. Extraordinary gaff by McCain. What a fool he was and continues to be.

  10. azgary says:

    there is no surprise here, either in the illegal alien and immigrant crimes against americans or the fact that NBC would cover it up. but the numbers are still interesting:

    ‘No Comment’: NBC Covers Up Evidence of Immigration Crime Wave

    The 2011 U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report documents crimes committed by foreign alien nationals inside the United States. It counts as an alien any immigrant who has not been “naturalized” – that is, any alien who has applied for and been conferred with citizenship after being brought into the United States from their home country. Therefore, even this report would not include the criminal offenses of the millions of immigrants inside the U.S. who have converted their green cards into citizenship papers, about 19.3 million. So, for instance, the elder Boston Bomber, the recent Chattanooga Shooter, and other immigrant terrorists naturalized by the federal government would be counted by the government as citizen crimes, not alien crimes.

    The report tallies approximately 3 million arrest offenses attached to the incarcerated criminal alien population. Of these offenses, half a million were drug related, 70,000 were sexual offenses, 213,000 were for assault, 125,000 were for larceny/theft, and 25,000 were for homicides. Based on the GAO’s sample of criminal aliens, they estimated that their study population of 249,000 criminal aliens was arrested about 1.7 million times, averaging about 7 arrests per criminal alien.

    By definition, not one one of these crimes would have occurred absent the immigrant who committed it – in other words, without admitting these individuals, there would have been at least 70,000 fewer sexual assaults, 25,000 fewer slayings, 125,000 fewer robberies, and so forth.

    According to the GAO report, just looking at the federal prison population, of 51,000 criminal aliens incarcerated in federal prison in December 2010, 68 percent were citizens of Mexico, and almost 90 percent were from one of seven Latin American countries: Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. Mr. Todd and his research staff apparently also did not see the recent U.S. Sentencing Commission data that showed that although illegal aliens only account for 3.5 percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for 36.7 percent of federal sentences in Fiscal Year 2014.

    Mr. Todd and his research staff were also apparently not aware that, in 2009, 57 percent of the 76 fugitive murderers most wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) were foreign-born (either illegal aliens or aliens given visas).

    Perhaps even more shocking, but not mentioned by Mr. Todd or his staff, is that although six times more U.S. residents are U.S.-born than foreign-born, foreign-born are responsible for four-times more terrorism convictions. Or, put another way, 13.5% of the population is responsible for 64% of terrorism convictions. The vast majority of the foreign-born present in the United States are granted entrance as part of our nation’s historic dispensation of millions of visas to foreign workers, their families, and lifetime immigrants seeking permanent settlement inside the United States.
    ‘No Comment’: NBC Covers Up Evidence of Immigration Crime Wave

  11. jakesez says:

    Lets look at the trees instead of the forest. The media and the establishment republicans are gunning for Trump. However, he is just the first in line. If they can get Trump to leave the election then they have proven, once again, that they are the power to be reckoned with. The rest of the republican candidates may be rejoicing to have one of the top potential candidates out of the race, but they don’t realize that they will be next in line for ridicule. The media and the establishment republicans will go after each and every conservative candidate until they are left with the one person that is acceptable to them. Once again they will get to select the republican candidate. Just like McCain, when he ran for president, they will then begin an attack on this same person whom they had left alone during the vetting process. Either way, we will be stuck with another lesser of two evils presidential race.

  12. Kent says:

    This article tells what’s missing in the news coverage about McCain, who actually started this slugfest. He has never been chastized for insulting anyone, which he has repeatedly done over the years.

  13. Harold Metzger says:

    McCain’s re-election is his tooth fairy dream – He’s toast! I just hope and pray that some conservative who is not fearful of the dreaded Social Issues will come forth soon

  14. Doc says:

    ALL Veterans are heros in my book. That said, & I rarely disagree with SRAZ, but, “Mr. I was a P.O.W.” woulda’ never been a P.O.W. if he’d followed orders. I believe I read somewhere (here?) that th’ bottom of his class @ West Point mcStain crossed a line he wasn’t supposed to cross & got shot down. Now whether that was a mistake, & it coulda’ been, or he did it on purpose remains unclear. But as stated her in the comments, the damage this hypocrite & liar has done to America since his career in politics began far & away exceeds ANY “hero” status he had. He uses his military history as a HUGE crutch. My Grandfather was 36 years in the U.S. MARINES, & a China Marine. He rarely spoke of it, saying that “That was a different time & I was simply doing my part for what needed to be done.”
    Mr McCain (& you rarely see me type it that way) simply needs to go.