Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

GOP's Condemnation of Trump Pure Hypocrisy

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

GOP's Condemnation of Trump Pure Hypocrisy

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Here's the thing about principle.

Unless applied equally it is not really principle at all. He who climbs on his moral high horse when a wrong is done to him or his, but leaves the horse stabled when an identical wrong is done to someone else, acts from self-interest and that is the opposite of principle. All of which renders rather hollow the GOP's recent chastisement of its problem child, Donald Trump, over an insult to Sen. John McCain. As you've no doubt heard, Trump, speaking at a conference of Christian conservatives, took issue with a suggestion that McCain, a Vietnam-era Navy flier shot down by the North Vietnamese, is a war hero.

"He's not a war hero, Trump shot back. Then, perhaps hearing what he had just blurted, Trump turned smarmy and facetious. "He's a war hero because he was captured, he said, in the same tone you might use to say someone is a poet because he scribbled a limerick on a bathroom wall. "I like people that weren't captured, OK? I hate to tell you. He's a war hero because he was captured, OK? And I believe - perhaps he's a war hero.

McCain, should it need saying, is a war hero, period, full stop. If that term doesn't fit a man who survived five brutal years in enemy hands - and refused an offer of release as the son of an American admiral because it did not include his fellow captives - then it doesn't fit anyone.

So Trump deserves every bit of scorn his party has heaped upon him. He deserved to have Jeb Bush call his remark "slanderous and Rick Perry to call it "offensive. He deserved Rick Santorum's tweet that "McCain is an American hero, and the Republican National Committee's statement that "there is no place in our party or our country for such remarks. In a word, he deserved condemnation.

But the people who slandered John Kerry deserved it, too. The secretary of state is also a war hero, period, full stop. …

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