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Trump’s ghoulish comment about McCain’s funeral is even stupider than it sounded — here’s why

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump drew both ridicule and disgust for his bizarre attack on former Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a Vietnam War hero and statesman who passed away from brain cancer last year, during a speech on the economy at a factory producing tanks in Lima, Ohio.

“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve,” Trump told the crowd. “I don’t care about this, I didn’t get ‘thank you,’ but that’s okay. We sent him on the way. But I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.”

Many commentators remarked how ridiculous it was for Trump to demand that a dead man thank him:

But it turns out that Trump’s comment might have been even stupider than it sounded — because his role in “approving” McCain’s funeral arrangements at the Capitol was virtually nil. All he did was approve military transportation of the casket.

In fairness, however, Trump did at least honor McCain’s biggest final request to him: to not go to his funeral. Eulogies were instead given by former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who respectively defeated him for the presidency in 2000 and 2008, but with whom he had far more civil relationships.

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Trump has been trashing McCain for years, even suggesting he wasn’t really a war hero because “I like people who weren’t captured.” McCain, in turn, blasted Trump as unfit for office in 2016, and while he voted with Trump most of the time, he cast the deciding vote against the president’s crusade to repeal the Affordable Care Act.


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House holds Bill Barr and Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress

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The House has officially voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress.

Both men refused to abide by a subpoena from the House for documents so they that could investigate actions by both departments.

The last person to be held in contempt of Congress was Bill Barr when he was held in civil contempt, but this was a criminal charge.

In the case of Ross, he is accused of lying under oath to Congress and they requested documents to prove it. Ross refused to provide the information necessary.

Ross has called the contempt charge "political theater" and of no real substance. If that was true, he shouldn't be afraid to provide the documents. Still, he refused.

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Trump’s ‘craziness’ will drive Mexico to find other sources of soybeans — permanently hurting US farmers: Ex-diplomat

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President Donald Trump believes he has worked out a killer trade deal with Mexico and Canada -- but one former Mexican diplomat tells Storm Lake Times columnist Art Cullen that the damage done to the relationship between the countries will have lasting ramifications for years to come.

Jorge Guajardo, who served for six years as Mexico's ambassador to China, recently explained to Cullen that Trump's erratic behavior has shown his country that it must look for other major trading partners so it doesn't run the risk of getting burned by the United States again.

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Yale psychiatrist: Trump using racism as a coping mechanism as his mental state rapidly deteriorates

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump continued to attack the young congresswomen of color nicknamed "The Squad," after he was criticized for saying the women should go back to their own countries, even though all four are U.S. citizens. Now, he's doubling down.

On Twitter Wednesday he called the women "left-wing cranks." He added that they were free to leave if they don't like America.

Raw Story spoke with Dr. Bandy X. Lee about the President's racist tirades against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ayanna Pressley (D-IL).

Lee is a forensic psychiatrist and an expert on violence at Yale School of Medicine. She helped launch a public health approach to global violence prevention as a consultant to the World Health Organization and other United Nations bodies since 2002. She is author of the textbook, “Violence: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Causes, Consequences, and Cures,” president of the World Mental Health Coalition, and editor of the New York Times bestseller, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.”

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