It is petty, sandlot bully stuff. Even the most cold-hearted pol knows you have to play to the base (and I think there was a lot of support for 'Bomb-bomb-bomb-Iran' McCain in Trump's base.) This is just stupid.Jennifer wrote: ↑27 Aug 2018, 18:04I almost posted this in the orange president thread, but I daresay it works better in this one: I don't get why Trump has been so unbelievably petty about lowering the flag for McCain. For far longer than I've been alive, it's been bog-standard bipartisan courtesy that when someone like him dies, lower the US flags for awhile to show respect and yadda yadda. (Yes, you can make a "that's hypocritical" argument, but a certain level of hypocrisy and polite dissembling is necessary to keep the gears of civilization greased.) Specifically what I don't understand about Trump's mindset is, it costs him nothing to lower the flag, and he GAINS nothing by refusing to do so (until the American Legion and others finally convinced him of it) -- seriously, what the fuck is he thinking? Everything he does, he does because he expects to personally benefit by it somehow -- what was the benefit he hoped to get by being so petty here?
FWIW, I have seen more convincing condolence messages from Canadian politicians over McCain's death than what Trump tweeted.