John McCain rebuked Donald Trump on Monday for his recent comments about Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a slain U.S. soldier, challenging the GOP nominee to “set the example for what our country can and should represent.” “Arizona is watching,” Sen. McCain said in a lengthy statement. “It is time for Donald Trump to set the example for our country and the future of the Republican Party. While our Party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.”
It’s safe to say Donald Trump and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) have an uneasy relationship. It was almost exactly a year ago that the Republican presidential candidate
It’s a rather robust condemnation. “In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents,” McCain said of Khizr and Ghazala Khan. “He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States – to say nothing of entering its service. I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.”
McCain added, “Lastly, I’d like to say to Mr. and Mrs. Khan: thank you for immigrating to America. We’re a better country because of you. And you are certainly right; your son was the best of America, and the memory of his sacrifice will make us a better nation – and he will never be forgotten.”
It all sounds quite encouraging, right up until one notices what’s missing: the part in which McCain withdraws his support for Trump’s candidacy. It’s the part that doesn’t exist.