As if President Trump doesn’t have enough opposition to contend with from the political left, he also has some problems within his own party. That’s not a big surprise considering who is kicking up a fuss. What is unfortunate is that some of these folks are maneuvering behind the president’s back. That’s not likely to work out very well.
Now it’s a fact that you will never find all the members of one party in agreement on all the issues. In the proper context, that’s actually a healthy thing as members debate the issues and how the party wishes to address them. But they should at least be upfront with each other, and not engage in backstabbing.
John McCain is a problem. Because of his flirtation with liberal ideas and proposals, true conservatives don’t trust him. He has company in that regard with Lindsey Graham, but right now the focus is on Mr. McCain’s reprehensible behavior regarding a conversation President Trump just had with the prime minister of Australia.
We turn to the liberal Huffington Post to get an idea of how McCain just aided their cause. Note how the story is spun and editorialized by this news outlet.
It begins like this: “Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called Australia’s ambassador to the United States Thursday morning to do damage control after President Donald Trump’s disastrous recent call with the country’s prime minister.”
The story continues: “The reason McCain felt it necessary to seemingly state the obvious ― that the United States and Australia are strong allies ― is that Trump reportedly berated Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a call Saturday. Trump went after Turnbull for a refugee agreement, bragged about the size of his win in the 2016 election and hung up 25 minutes into what was supposed to be an hour-long call, according to The Washington Post. Trump also reportedly told Turnbull that their call was his ‘worst’ by far that day. He had spoken with four other world leaders Wednesday, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.”
So here’s Senator McCain’s statement on his call: “’I asked Ambassador Hockey to convey to the people of Australia that their American brothers and sisters value our historic alliance, honor the sacrifice of the Australians who have served and are serving by our side, and remain committed to the safer, freer, and better world that Australia does far more than its fair share to protect and promote,’ the senator said in a statement.”
Mr. Trump has been very upfront with his ideas and proposals beginning with the early days of his campaign for the Republican nomination. In fact, he has been so upfront and sometimes blunt, that some Democrats have latched on to that trait as if it somehow reflects negatively on his positions. That’s the Democrats and it is what is to be expected from the opposition party. What is not expected or acceptable is when a member of the president’s own party comes close to outright betrayal by undermining what the president is attempting to accomplish. This is, unfortunately, what we have now.
McCain accomplished several things here. He embarrassed the president publicly. He gave the left some talking points to use against a president who is from his political party. He got his ego stroked by putting himself in the news again. And worst of all, he went around behind President Trump’s back.
As a veteran, you would think Mr. McCain would know something about loyalty. As a senator for far too many years, he should know better than to intervene in such matters without discussing it with the White House. He does know about those things, he just chooses to put his own personal agenda first.
No doubt President Trump will be able to handle McCain, although he should not have to.
For McCain, he simply remains the poster child for term limits.
Source: Huffington Post