“I don’t remember anybody treating … John McCain the way they’re treating Donald Trump.”– Senator Graham (the Hill, 7-18-19)

Senator Graham, you are 100% correct. For obvious reasons, virtually no self-respecting, intelligent person can equate Trump with McCain. I am at a loss as to why you would expect them to be treated in the same way.

Trump is a divisive draft dodger and a proven con man who only loves power (and himself). Virtually every word out of his lying mouth details how he’s smarter, better looking and richer than anyone else. Trump even had the nerve to say he was helping out at the Towers on 9/11.

As you know, your close friend John McCain was the exact opposite, a true war hero who loved his nation much more than himself or his party. Who can forget his courageous vote against the ill-advised GOP driven ACA repeal (with no replacement at all)? McCain is the only reason people with pre-existing conditions can get insurance today. 

Trump had the nerve to say with a straight face that McCain, who was horribly tortured in captivity, was not a hero.  But Trump said he himself was, even though he got out of serving due to a “Trumped up” statement by his family doctor saying he had bone spurs. My brother served in Nam even though he had a metal pin in his elbow and couldn’t even straighten his arm. 

John McCain was a traditional, fiscally conservative Republican, a modest man with a firm set of values that he lived by. It was elected officials like McCain that made me run for office as a fiscally conservative Republican (I won twice). It was Trump …along with that spineless enabler, McConnell…who forced me to finally leave the GOP this year. Since 2016, it has become the Retrumpican Party, dedicated to backing the President no matter how outrageous his conduct.

Senator, the real question is what happened to you after McCain’s death? You went from being a principled maverick to a shameless shill for a reality show aberration who is destroying civility within our great land as well as any hope of bi-partisanship.

Senator, you represent a state with a large African-American population. How can you believe that Trump has no responsibility for the tremendous increase in racist violence and bigoted incidents that are occurring since he came into politics? Certainly, you are aware of his racist history prior to him taking office, including: cases in the 1970s successfully brought against the Trump companies for discrimination; Trump accusing the Central Park Five of rape and never apologizing after they are found innocent; racist comments to employees at his Casinos; statements about Mexico exporting criminals to the USA; Trump’s birther campaign going back to 2011 when he first started accusing our first black President of being a Kenyan; and other clearly bigoted statements and actions too numerous to state in a short column.

Senator, he has only gotten worse since he became President, splitting our nation into warring factions and encouraging white supremacists. He: gladly accepted support from white supremacists, with David Duke calling it “treason” to vote against him; called white nationalists and Nazis in Charlottesville “fine people”; called African nations “sh**holes”; twisted the kneeling of NFL players to protest police shootings of unarmed black men into dishonoring the flag and nation; and encouraged his followers to yell “send them back” regarding four Congresswomen of color; and has made so many other bigoted comments since his inauguration that we have no space to list them all.

Most of my life has been spent in the rural South. We have a saying: “you lay down with dogs; you get fleas.” Senator Graham, as long as you’re in bed with this unconscionable, lying, racist President, you will be in dire need of flea powder. 

Senator, have you no shame?

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Image credit: caricature Senator Lindsay Graham with the late Senator John McCain created by DonkeyHotey (flickr/CC).

Jack Bernard

Jack Bernard

Jack A Bernard is a retired SVP with a national healthcare corporation. He was Chair of the Jasper County, Ga Board of Commissioners and Republican Party. He was also on the Board of Health for Jasper County and is currently on the Fayette County BOH. Bernard has over 100 columns published annually, primarily in the South.