Petty Officers

Trump, Mulvaney, USS McCain (Getty Images/ United States Navy)

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It’s official – after initially denying it occurred, the U.S. Navy has confirmed that yes, it was asked to “minimize the visibility of the USS John McCain” during a visit by President Trump.

They won’t say who asked them and why, but acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said yesterday “the president’s feelings toward the former senator are well known,” and the request, likely made by a White House staffer, was not “unreasonable.”

First, John McCain is not a “former senator,” as Mulvaney says.

He died while in office, serving honorably, which is more than we can say about Mulvaney, who thinks we ought to cut funding for hot meals for poor, shut-in elderly people.

Secondly, the request was unreasonable, not to mention petty, disrespectful and stupid, perhaps some of the reasons why the Navy refused to comply.

Mr. Trump, who is apparently never to be held accountable for anything, claims he had nothing to do with it, when it seems obvious his open hatred for McCain was the driving force behind the whole thing.

Finally, we see graphically here how deeply unpatriotic these people are.

The USS McCain is named after the late senator, a genuine war hero, and his father and grandfather, who were decorated admirals.

His own people see the president as unable to bear seeing their name?

Maybe that helps explain why so many Americans can’t stand seeing his.

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