Why Kicking A Man When He's Down Is The Pits

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Sen. John McCain. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- I admit, I thought it was curtains for the brand-new presidential candidacy of Donald Trump when he said in July 2015 of Sen. John McCain, who spent five years in brutal captivity as a Vietnam War POW: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

What a stupid, vulgar, ignorant, low-class thing to say on so many levels, I thought then and still think now.

But it didn’t slow the Trump campaign down one bit. And now, unsurprisingly, as McCain battles terminal brain cancer, this ignorance and lack of class has resurfaced in the form of a Trump aide who joked that McCain’s opposition to the president’s CIA nominee “doesn’t matter” because “he’s dying anyway.”

They say the fish rots from the head, and this proves the point.

But let’s set the Trumpkins aside for a moment and consider a broader question – why is it so repulsive to see the imminent passing of a commendable citizen so casually mocked?

For those who feel this way, it’s a matter of simple decency and basic manners. You know the old saying – you don’t kick a man when he’s down.

I get it, Trump and McCain have been adversaries at times, although I’m unaware of McCain ever crossing the line that Trump did that day in 2015. But decent people have the capacity for mercy, for forgiveness.

And even if it’s your worst enemy who’s on his death bed, a decent person would choose to say nothing rather than mock them.

It’s reassuring that there’s at least some bipartisan condemnation of the idiot who made that remark about McCain.

What’s alarming is how many others apparently think it’s fair game.

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