Donald Trump’s despicable actions regarding John McCain following his death, and the acquiescence of Georgia Republican Congressional delegations in Trump’s actions–Senator Isakson excepted–leaves them nakedly exposed as utterly lacking any integrity, honor, or moral conscience. They crossed a Rubicon that strips the rest of us of any requirement to show them one iota of respect.
Since Donald Trump became President, IndieDems has chronicled the willingness of Georgia’s Republican officeholders to act as his most slavish lapdog lackeys. Our United States Senators and Representatives, and their staffs, are proud members of a Republican Congress dominated by political hacks, moral cretins, and spineless cowards eager to act as Trump’s enablers and legitimizers at all costs.
So what’s new after the McCain affair? Before we go there, let’s specify whom we are talking about:
- Senator Johnny Isakson and his Chief of Staff Joan Karr and Immigration Legislative Assistant Michael Black.
- Senator David Perdue and his COS Derrick Dickey and Immigration LA Drew Robinson
- Rep. Karen Handel and her COS Muffy Day and Immigration LA Elisabeth Conklin
- Rep. Barry Loudermilk and his COS Rob Adkerson and Homeland Security LA Susannah Johnston
Trump has given these subalterns some semblance of credibility by saying all his woes are due to fake news, witch hunts, and a conspiracy against him by respected institutions, like the FBI and Justice Department. The transparent nonsense of all this, of course, is evident to anyone with an IQ above 70. Nonetheless, it gave people like those Georgia Republicans straws to grasp.
The McCain imbroglio did away even with the straws. No witch hunt caused Trump to refuse to issue an official statement noting McCain’s death and praising him for his services to America. Fake news did not force Trump to lower the White House flag for only a brief time before returning it to full staff. Conspirators did not make him three times in one day ignore reporters’ questions about McCain shouted to him as they attended official White House ceremonies.
And it took a strong protest by the American Legion and a rising chorus of complaints from the public, his own staff, and elected officials, including some Republicans, to get Trump to finally grudgingly issue some tepid words of praise for McCain.
Of the Republicans named above, only Senator Isakson rose publicly to praise McCain and rebuke those who were degrading him. But Isakson’s distaste over the treatment of a revered American hero only served to highlight his moral turpitude in remaining unwavering in his overall support for Trump.
Can Georgia Republicans truly be so self-deluded that they can witness Trump and his sorry band of anti-McCain Republicans stand alone in showing disrespect for McCain–while prominent voices and ordinary people around the world rise to sing his praise–and still not see Trump for the corrupt, moral cretin that he is?
The McCain episode laid bare the mean, vindictive, petty, narcissistic, immoral character that defines Trump’s innate soul. And it proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that those words also describe the hearts and souls of the Georgia Republicans named above. They have abandoned any claim to respect.