Donald Trump and the Art of Political War

Screen capture of Donald Trump in New Hampshire July 16, 2015

Screen capture of Donald Trump in New Hampshire July 16, 2015

In the Art of War for Tea Parties, Freedom Center’s David Horowitz tells us that in political war, the aggressor wins the battle.

Donald Trump must be following this strategy because he continues to set the narrative in the war for the Republican ticket. Last weekend he created a ruckus when he said Sen. John McCain was a war hero simply because he was captured. Predictably, the MSM and Republican presidential candidates piled on Trump with some calling for his ouster from his run for president.

However, the Trump haters didn’t get what they wanted. The man refuses to go down. His candid insult of a career politician has now caused the general public to reexamine McCain’s role in veterans’ affairs since he went from his POW status to elected official many years ago.

Old videos and articles are surfacing that paint a distasteful picture of the failed candidate that the GOP gave us to go against Obama in 2008.

Look at this article on veterans in Arizona during the 2008 campaign cycle (it’s a long read, but full of info on the real John McCain) weighing in on dissatisfaction with McCain’s lack of action regarding their plights.

Excerpt from Phoenix New Times (2008):

In the last few minutes of the first presidential debate, on September 26, John McCain made a statement that probably blew past most economy-obsessed Americans but stopped a lot of military veterans short.

Barack Obama had just remarked that he’s approached all the time by Iraq War veterans who say they can’t get help for post-traumatic stress disorder from the overwhelmed veterans administration, something Obama vows to improve. When it was his turn to reply, McCain seemed incensed that Obama would dare intrude on McCain’s turf as, perhaps, America’s most famous injured war vet.

“I know the veterans and I know them well,” he said, his voice shaky with emotion. “And I know that they know that I’ll take care of them. And I’ve been proud of their support and of their recognition of my service to the veterans. And I love them, and I’ll take care of them. And they know that I’ll take care of them.”

But he hasn’t. McCain’s had 25 years in Congress to help veterans, yet nearly all he’s done is talk about his own experiences as a prisoner of war — and push the country to go to war again.

McCain has not served his compatriots well. For that he should be challenged.

And Trump is so un-politically correct, saying things off the cuff, that he has become the elite powers’ worst nightmare.

Democrats and Republicans have been furiously fueling fire after fire to wipe out Trump’s influence. But, he only gets bolder. And he knows how to use social media. A few days ago he was at 2.2 million likes on Facebook; now he’s up to 2.5 million.

Featured image from WMUR-TV New Hampshire

About Ann Kane

Former editor of Watchdog Wire North Carolina (a project of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity). Contributor to American Thinker blog.
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