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Trump demanded the Navy move the USS John McCain ‘out of sight’ during Japan visit: report

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It is no secret that President Donald Trump did not get along with the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). But evidently, that grudge even extends to objects named after him.

On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that on the president’s latest trip to Japan, he demanded the Navy move the U.S.S. John McCain “out of sight.” Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan personally approved the order to obscure the warship so that it would not be visible to the president when he arrived by helicopter — even though he would have only seen it in passing during touchdown and immediately transported to the U.S.S. Wasp, nowhere near the John McCain.

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While the warship was not actually moved, a tarpaulin was used to cover its name, a barge was used to partially obscure it, and any sailors wearing a cap with the ship’s name were given the day off.

Trump and McCain’s enmity has festered for years, with Trump repeatedly claiming McCain’s capture and torture in Vietnam didn’t really make him a war hero, and McCain standing in the way of Trump’s top priority of repealing the Affordable Care Act in 2017.

When McCain passed away from brain cancer last year, former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush gave the eulogies at his funeral, and Trump was not invited. The feeling was clearly mutual: Trump did not lower the flag over the White House to half-mast until taking intense public criticism, and even then raised it again as soon after the minimum period under law.

Even following his death, Trump has seized every opportunity to trash McCain’s memory, saying the senator did America “a tremendous disservice” and at one point even complained that McCain did not thank him for arranging for such a great funeral for him, even though deceased people are not known for thanking anyone.


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Democrats win another voting rights victory as absentee restrictions struck down in South Carolina

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On Monday, voting rights attorney Marc Elias reported that a federal court has blocked a restriction on absentee ballots for the upcoming South Carolina primary.

The ruling undoes a requirement that mail-in ballots be accompanied by a witness.

BREAKING: @DCCC, @TheDemocrats, and @scdp score major voting rights victory in South Carolina. Federal Court blocks witness requirement for absentee ballots in June primary.

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GOP ripped for refusing to remove Trump from office: ‘Folly of that failure becomes clearer by the day’

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Republicans seeking to keep control of the United States Senate were harshly criticized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for failing to remove President Donald Trump from office during impeachment.

"For four years now, as both a candidate and president, Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked America’s voting system, falsely claiming voter fraud any time it suited his needs. In a new low, last week he threatened the federal funding of two states over their reasonable moves to facilitate mail-in voting," the newspaper noted in an editorial published online on Memorial Day. "What does it say that the head of the world’s leading democracy is so intent on undermining that democracy?"

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Fox News commentator slammed for mocking Joe Biden’s decision to wear a mask

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On Monday, during his observance of Memorial Day, former Vice President Joe Biden donned a face mask in accordance with CDC guidelines — a contrast with President Donald Trump, who has frequently refused to wear a mask even in some places that require them.

But Fox News senior analyst Brit Hume went out of his way to mock how Biden looked wearing it.

This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public. Biden today. pic.twitter.com/9l1gw1ljBE

— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 25, 2020

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