Donald Trump’s flat response to John McCain’s death displayed an incredible lack of character, believes John Cassidy of The New Yorker. Breaking the White House custom of lowering its U.S. flag to half-mast until the burial, Trump had it raised again two days after the Senator’s death. This was as symbolic as it was insulting, especially for a man who served his country like McCain did. Only after immense backlash did the president say anything positive about the deceased Senator. Trump showed how petty of a person he is by being unable to see past their differences and give an American hero like McCain a respectful sending-off.
The mainstream media has pounced upon John McCain’s death to use it to discredit Donald Trump, holds Howard Kurtz of Fox News. The president did say he respected the Senator despite their differences, but news outlets have still used the latter’s passing to attack the former. Many journalists have presented McCain as an opponent of Trumpism, projecting their own views about Trump’s effect on the GOP. The Senator was more than an anti-Trump figure, but he is purposefully being presented and remembered as such. The Trump-McCain feud has been overblown and overanalyzed to fit a narrative that is critical of the president.