“Family-values” voters,— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) July 6, 2018
Yesterday Trump attacked John McCain, who is in the late stages of cancer.
He attacked George HW Bush, who is 94 and also very sick.
He then made a racist joke with a sexist punchline about sexual assault.
How is this your guy? pic.twitter.com/PXD0uxF4Uq
During a campaign rally on Thursday night, President Donald Trump made indecent comments about former President George H.W. Bush and Sen. John McCain, who is battling cancer.
Without mentioning either man by their names, the president criticized McCain for not voting for a measure that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, and then mocked Bush’s old campaign slogan that called for “a thousand points of light,” a call for volunteerism that later turned into a foundation that supports volunteers across America.
"Thousand points of light," Trump said. "What does that mean?”
Showing he’s not sophisticated enough to understand the term, the president then went on to tout his own campaign slogan.
“I know one thing: Make America Great Again we understand. Putting America first we understand. Thousand points of light, I never quite got that one. What the hell is that? Has anyone ever figured that one out? It was put out by a Republican wasn't it?” he said.
On Twitter, Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush, criticized the president for his lack of respect.
“This is so uncalled for. Going after a 94-year-old, former President’s promotion of volunteerism. I don’t mind [POTUS] being a fighter. I do mind him being rude,” he said.
This is so uncalled for. Going after a 94-year-old, former President’s promotion of volunteerism. I don’t mind potus being a fighter. I do mind him being rude. https://t.co/Hr0d20Wuzz— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) July 6, 2018
Many other Twitter users agreed.
In campaign rally, Trump mocks cancer-stricken John McCain, the infirm George H.W. Bush, the #MeToo movement and Elizabeth Warren, but praises Vladimir Putin. https://t.co/ArWH1Qmgjv pic.twitter.com/t8EDEDAfwW— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) July 6, 2018
Yesterday: Trump mocked:— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) July 6, 2018
President George H. W. Bush.
Senator John McCain
Trump, prompted by nothing, mocks the George H.W. Bush slogan "a thousand points of light": "What the hell was that, by the way. 'Thousand points of light.'"— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 5, 2018
Last night, Trump went after 2 Veterans at his rabid racist rally last night. John McCain & George H.W. Bush. Laughing at two heroes that are living out their final days. Cruel & absolutely pathetic. Mind-boggling how anyone affiliated with the US Military supports this bastard.— Andrew Goss ?USAF? (@Goss30Goss) July 6, 2018
At the Montana rally yesterday, Trump attacked dying John McCain and widowed George H.W. Bush, two war heroes, while praising Putin and Kim Jong Un. And his base loved it.— Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) July 6, 2018
So much for that civility Republicans were calling for.
But then again, who would expect Trump to be anything but crass?
McCain, who announced he had brain cancer one year ago, has been a constant target of Trump’s. But this is the first time the president attacked Bush.
The former president lost his wife, Barbara, in April. The president did not attend the funeral and instead, sent his wife, Melania Trump. Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton were in attendance.
During the same event, Trump also made fun of Sen. Elizabeth Warren using the now-infamous and insulting nickname he gave her, “Pocahontas.”
It’s obvious that Trump has little, if any, respect for anyone but himself. He even makes off-the-mark and awkward comments about members of his own family. Expecting some class out of him just because he occupies the White House is nothing but wishful thinking.
Unfortunately, that’s our reality. It's a painful one for anyone who takes the highest office of the land seriously.