President Donald Trump spent the weekend watching televisions and venting his grievances on Twitter, including yet another attack on the late Sen. John McCain.
The senator’s daughter Meghan McCain responded in kind, and then Monday on “The View” expressed pity that the president seemed to have nothing better to do with his time than watch TV and rant about what he’d seen.
“He spends his weekend obsessing over great men because he knows it and I know it and everyone knows it, he will never be a great man,” McCain said. “My father was his kryptonite in life, he was his kryptonite in death.”
McCain has routinely defended her father from the president’s insults, but she expressed pity for what those attacks demonstrated.
“All of us have love and families, and when my father was alive up until adulthood, we would spend our time together cooking, hiking, fishing, cooking, really celebrating life, and I think it’s because he almost died,” McCain said. “I just thought, your life is spent on weekends not with your family, not with your friends but obsessing, obsessing over great men you could never live up to. That tells you everything you needed to know about his pathetic life.”
The late senator was known for his friendship with fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, but McCain was stonily silent at the mention of the Trump-backing lawmaker’s name.
“On top of that, Lindsey Graham,” said co-host Joy Behar, “I have a bone to pick with him because Lindsey Graham — I know he’s your godfather or something.”
McCain declined to comment, but asked Behar to continue.
“Lindsey Graham was John McCain’s best friend,” Behar said.
McCain quickly interjected: “Joe Lieberman is.”
“Joe Lieberman No. 1 and Lindsey No. 2, is that about right?” Behar said, as McCain grimaced and shook her head.
“He was in the room,” joked host Whoopi Goldberg, who returned from a lengthy illness.
Behar shamed Graham for turning against his late friend and defending the president’s insults.
“Lindsey Graham is making a huge error right now,” Behar said, “in believing that this man will ever ever back him up, because Lindsey is crawling to the president so that he can get re-elected, and Trump is acting like a sadist towards Lindsey Graham, putting him between a rock and a hard place and saying, okay, bow to me even more now.”
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A historian explains why Robert E. Lee wasn’t a hero — he was a traitor
There’s a fabled moment from the Battle of Fredericksburg, a gruesome Civil War battle that extinguished several thousand lives, when the commander of a rebel army looked down upon the carnage and said, “It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.” That commander, of course, was Robert Lee.
The moment is the stuff of legend. It captures Lee’s humility (he won the battle), compassion, and thoughtfulness. It casts Lee as a reluctant leader who had no choice but to serve his people, and who might have had second thoughts about doing so given the conflict’s tremendous amount of violence and bloodshed. The quote, however, is misleading. Lee was no hero. He was neither noble nor wise. Lee was a traitor who killed United States soldiers, fought for human enslavement, vastly increased the bloodshed of the Civil War, and made embarrassing tactical mistakes.