US Senator John McCain, who died on Saturday at the age of 81, was a “mass murderer” and his death doesn’t make his crimes go away, says an American political expert, arguing that the late lawmaker does not deserve respect from President Donald Trump.
Chicago-based political analyst Don DeBar made the remarks after Republican Senator Johnny Isakson warned Trump, who had a long-running feud with McCain, against speaking negatively about him now that he is dead.
“I don’t know what’s going to be said in the next few days about John McCain … but anybody who in any way tarnishes the reputation of John McCain deserves a whipping, because most of the ones who would do the wrong thing about John McCain didn’t have the guts to do the right thing when it was their turn,” Isakson said from the Senate floor last week.
McCain of Arizona had been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer for more than a year. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2017.
He had been an outspoken Republican critic of Trump, which led to a running feud between them. The McCain-Trump relationship grew tense in 2015 when McCain said Trump’s presidential candidacy had “fired up the crazies.”
Subsequently, Trump said that McCain, who survived at a prison camp during the Vietnam War, was “not a war hero.”
McCain was a “war criminal” and “war criminals don’t get absolved of their crimes against humanity because they are dying,” DeBar told Press TV on Wednesday.
Hawkish US Republican Senator John McCain dies at 81.
“Your bad works survive you and when you are a mass murderer, they survive you on the ground in some very bad ways,” DeBar argued.
“So for President Trump to feel constrained about pointing out what John McCain was on the altar of good manners? I don’t think that should be imposed upon him,” he argued.
“We have had 44 presidents before Trump who weren’t concerned about protocol while the United States was marching around the world stealing and murdering people. I don’t think it’s time to start imposing it now over the death of someone who had a lot of blood on his hands,” DeBar concluded.
McCain became a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, where he had bombed countless innocent Vietnam civilians to death. He was taken prisoner by north Vietnamese soldiers after being shot down during a bombing raid over Hanoi. He was held in captivity for nearly six years.
During his tenure as a lawmaker, McCain supported various US wars across the world, particularly the Middle East. He also sided with Daesh and other terrorist groups against the governments of Syria and Iraq.