Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) took a shot at President Donald Trump on Saturday by tweeting out a photo of former presidents at Senator John McCain’s funeral that declared a victory for decency.
Trump has done nothing but destroy and embarrass our nation since taking office, launching temper tantrum after temper tantrum while bringing pettiness, hate, cruelty, and disrespect to the White House.
The unpresidential behavior has exhausted America’s patience as the country waits for Trump to actually act like a president.
At McCain’s memorial service at Washington National Cathedral, former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton sat together as the “maverick” and war hero was eulogized and honored in an act of bipartisanship that only reminded Americans of what real presidents do, but gave us hope that decency still exists in the Trump era.
To show proof of this decency, Flake posted an image of the three men on Twitter and declared that decency won the day against Trump this time.
Decency Wins pic.twitter.com/7DkX1vNG4i
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) September 1, 2018
It’s yet another shot at Trump that began with McCain barring him from attending his funeral, to Meghan McCain and Obama subtly slamming Trump as they delivered beautiful and touching eulogies pay tribute to McCain and the values he held most dear, which happen to be values that Trump despises.
Meghan McCain made it clear who she was referring to when she spoke.
“We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness,” she said. “The real thing — not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly. Nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who live lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served.”
That’s absolutely Trump, who dodged the draft five times during the Vietnam War and lived a life of privilege and sleeping around while McCain endured brutal torture and captivity for five years until he finally came home.
Obama, too, spoke highly of McCain while taking veiled shots at Trump.
“John cared about the institutions of self-government, our constitution, our bill of rights, rule of law, separation of powers,” Obama said. “He understood that if we get in the habit of bending the truth to suit political expediency or party orthodoxy, our democracy will not work… So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty. Trafficking in bombastic manufactured outrage, it’s politics that pretends to be brave and tough, but in fact is born of fear. John called on us to be bigger than that. He called on us to be better than that.”
Since taking office, Trump has frequently attacked our institutions and the rule of law while rage tweeting and publicly attacking those who disagree with him, even going so far as to call them “enemies” of the nation.
Trump’s behavior is precisely why McCain did not invite him to his funeral, and it’s why he invited wanted Bush and Obama to the service and asked them to deliver eulogies.
He wanted to give America hope and decency again. And for at least one day, he succeeded.
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