Before I get to the surprising statement on religion made by Donald Trump today, allow me to discuss what everyone is talking about, and that’s Donald Trump’s thoughts on John McCain’s war record.
Male pride and bravado can be a terrible thing. I think an example of that was seen in the recent Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa. Donald Trump was being interviewed on stage by pollster Frank Luntz who spoke about John McCain and mentioned that Senator McCain was a war hero. That is when Donald Trump figuratively stepped into it, the pit that is sometimes his open mouth.
Now, what he said, his unkind words toward an American veteran who happens to be an absolutely terrible liberal politician, were uncalled for. Donald Trump said he did not consider John McCain a war hero. “He was only a war hero because he was captured,” said the Donald. He did relent and went on to say at the end of the exchange with Frank Luntz, “Perhaps he’s a hero,” referring to John McCain.
But why would Donald Trump, who once raised $1,000,000 for John McCain’s presidential bid, say such an unkind remark about the senator? Well, it seems to have started with John McCain himself. Senator McCain was not happy that Donald Trump took his brand of anti-immigrant conservatism to his home state of Arizona. In a rally in Phoenix July 11th, Trump spoke to supporters about illegal immigration, outlining what he would do to stop the flow of illegal aliens into the country through states like Texas, California and especially Arizona. When later asked about the Phoenix rally by reporter Ryan Lizza, McCain said that Donald Trump had gone to his home state and stirred up the “crazies.”
So that’s what Donald Trump supporters are? More specificially, that’s what any Republican who detests the illegal alien invasion of our country is labeled by John McCain? How dare him. That remark started Trump down this trail. Donald Trump’s pride took precedence over common sense when he began attacking John McCain because of McCain’s own disrespect for Trump, his supporters and a large percentage of American voters.
It seems like today that John McCain has more respect for illegal aliens and Barack Obama than he does his own constituents, but I still wish Donald Trump hadn’t said what he did in Iowa. His own words sometimes take away from his intentions and his desire to help America.
More shocking than anything said today in Iowa by Donald Trump was his answer to Frank Luntz’ question, “Have you ever asked God for forgiveness?” After hemming and hawing with a long explanation that he was a Christian, a Presbyterian in fact and that he grew up in Norman Vincent Peale’s church and enjoyed his sermons, Trump finally answered the question on forgiveness. “I’m not sure I have. I just try to go on and do a better job from there. I don’t think so. I think if I do something wrong, I just try to make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture…in terms of officially, ya see, I could say, ‘Absolutely, and everybody, I don’t think in terms of that, I think in terms of let’s go on and let’s make it right.”
His remark about forgiveness was met with a smattering of applause. And it is yet to be seen if he will try to make things right with John McCain and all those who appreciate John McCain’s war record.
I love Donald Trump and sometimes I wish he’d stay focused on the issues he’s spot on about like illegal immigration, gun rights and the economy.
Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.