President Donald Trump was unwelcome at the funeral services for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), but that didn’t stop a former top McCain advisor from lashing out at the commander-in-chief’s “cult of personality.”
Steve Schmidt, who served as a senior strategist for McCain’s 2008 White House bid, slammed Trump, his daughter and son-in-law during MSNBC coverage with Chris Matthews and historian Jon Meacham.
“I think that we will look back for a long time today — and we should — but John McCain would also want us to look forward,” Meacham explained. “I think this is a very dramatic, very carefully orchestrated message to the country, not that these days are gone forever, but that this is what we must do, this is who we must be if we’re going to survive our present crises.”
“One of the things about Sen. McCain and Bob Dole and President Bush, is these were men who looked forward, they knew that losing an election was not the worst day they would ever had, because they got shot down out of the sky or lost an arm on a hill in Italy or were captured in Hanoi,” he reminded.
“They had a sense of perspective and proportion and I think they would want us to share that and realize that winning a news cycle, winning a Twitter battle, is not what public service is ultimately about,” Meacham noted.
Matthews asked Schmidt about those in the audience who are “bowing to the president” and “doing what they’re told” by the White House.
“We see in public life today, Chris, a season of cowardice where so many people have become infidelitious to the ideals and the ideals of the nation where, in my view, they have foresworn their oaths, that they have become obedient in a cult of personalty to a vile and objectionable leader who tramples on every sense of decency and every good virtue in the country,” Schmidt replied.
“All around the world — from Poland and Hungary and Austria — we see a regression of democracy, we see a rise of authoritarians, we see a President of the United States who has a fetish for autocratic leaders all around the world, who is hostile to the ideas and ideals of American democracy, of the republic, that John McCain committed his entire life to.”
As Schmidt was speaking, the camera showed senior White House advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner greet Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC).
“It’s great to watch Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner hug Lindsey Graham, but the reality is that Jared and Ivanka are on the side of a movement that stands for everything that John McCain was against and opposed and fought against for his entire life,” Schmidt reminded.
“Trumpism is antithetical to everything that John McCain believed in,” he added.
Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quiet’
Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.
Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.
Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.
He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff
Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?
Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.
The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."
There's little mystery about how the night will go down.
Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.
Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’
After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.
"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."
Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.