If anyone still needs further proof that the goals at the front of the president’s mind have been and remain to be centered around advancing himself politically above all else, they need to look no further than to the way that Trump has conducted himself over the health care debate.
Trump became infamous during the 2016 Republican presidential primary season for saying of Arizona Senator John McCain that he prefers “people who weren’t captured.” McCain was taken as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.
Since then, the Trump corner of American politics has maintained a vicious attitude towards McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.
However, when the occasion came that McCain was helpful to the president’s agenda, Trump did a 360 when it comes to his opinion of him. Pretty much every Republican Senator is needed in the Tuesday vote on whether or not to allow debate to proceed on the GOP’s health care plan.
Additionally, it’s telling for Republican leadership, including Trump, to have been pressuring McCain to come from Arizona, where he was recovering from an operation, to D.C. for Tuesday’s health care vote.
Trump wrote on Twitter this Tuesday:
‘So great that John McCain is coming back to vote. Brave – American hero! Thank you John.’
Is McCain an American hero for coming to D.C. for the vote on whether or not to take health care from tens of millions of people, Trump? Is that really so?
It will be interesting, considering his condition, to see whether McCain votes to allow debate to proceed on a health care bill that, if passed, would strip coverage from tens of millions of people.