On Tuesday, President Trump issued a proclamation in honor of National Former Prisoner of War Day, and in doing so, deliberately snubbed the most famous former POW America has ever known, late Arizona Senator John McCain.
Difficulties between Trump and McCain have been nothing if not widely publicized, going all the way back to Trump’s time on the campaign trail when he remarked that McCain’s “hero” status was only bestowed on him because he was captured by the North Vietnamese. McCain spent nearly five and a half years as a prisoner of the Viet Cong from October of 1967 to March of 1973 — one of the longest-serving American POWs in history.
Trump’s proclamation did honor a POW, and we’re not here to question whether WWII Lieutenant Louis Zamperini deserves that honor — all POWs do, as far as we’re concerned. But the obvious choice, if the President had wanted to actually bring attention to an otherwise obscure national day of recognition, would be to name someone who not only has name recognition among all Americans but who was universally beloved — by everyone but him.
One shudders to think what Trump must have told the poor sap who undoubtedly made the suggestion that McCain be honored on such a solemn day.
Fortunately for those of us who want to see the President get told off far more often than he does, the internet took care of that for us:
“I like people who where not captured” pic.twitter.com/zjKwFTZBco
— Free Syria Media Hub (@Free_Media_Hub) April 9, 2019
Will you recognize the service and sacrifice John McCain did for our country?
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) April 9, 2019
“I like people that weren’t captured, ok?” pic.twitter.com/ssRr6cRYHU
— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) April 9, 2019
Thank you John McCain and all POW veterans everywhere, both deceased and alive. Always remember, President Trump may not consider you heroes, but the rest of American humanity does. RIP and God bless you all.
— steve reinert (@srein00) April 9, 2019
I’m thinking that maybe the guy who said he liked people who didn’t get captured and mocked John McCain every chance he got might want to sit this one out, what do you say there, homeslice, can you do that, Generalissimo Bone Spurs
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 9, 2019
I’m convinced Trump is being haunted by McCain’s ghost. pic.twitter.com/SlLArppsIL
— Alan Traxler (@traxattack) April 9, 2019
What day is “National I Faked an Injury Because I Was Too Chicken to go to War Day”, Donald? You should really celebrate on that day. Go all out.
— TrentaCapelli (@OkCallMeAL) April 9, 2019
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