The dramatic conclusion to a challenge laid down by Donald Trump back in 2015 played out on the Senate floor late Thursday night, when Sen. John McCain cast the deciding vote to kill the GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill that the president had supported.
“I’m a military man and we know the war isn’t over until the last battle is fought,” said Mr. McCain. “Last night, I voted ‘no’ against one of the president’s pet projects, and handed Draft Dodger Don a decisive defeat. Let him rub that against his bone spurs and see how it stings.”
Sen. McCain appeared to be referencing a simmering feud that began two years ago at the beginning of the Republican primaries, when candidate Trump said of Captain McCain’s Vietnam War service — in which he was held prisoner for five years in the notorious “Hanoi Hilton,” tortured and kept in solitary confinement for much of that time — “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured? I like people who weren’t captured.”
Mr. Trump’s comments were considered even more outrageous considering that he himself never served in Vietnam, receiving four dubious military deferments between 1964 and 1968 for bone spurs in his feet.
Mr. McCain did not lash back at Donald Trump for his verbal attack then, letting Congressional colleagues defend his war record and heroism, but he apparently never forgot.
His stunning vote in the early hours of Friday morning proved that his memory is intact, despite his recent diagnosis of brain cancer, and that his “maverick” reputation still has a few stiff kicks left in it.
“Donald Trump can attack me all he wants,” said Mr. McCain, showing no signs of fatigue or weakness as he left the Senate floor following the vote, “but if he thinks he’s going to bully this old Navy flyer into doing his bidding like one of his Oval Office lackeys, and screw the American public out of the affordable healthcare they deserve, he needs to adjust his toupee and rethink his strategy.”
There was no comment from the White House, other than a short statement from new Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci who said, repeating a vulgar remark that he made earlier in the day to a New Yorker reporter that appeared to have no connection to the healthcare vote, “Steve Bannon sucks his own cock.”
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