Buttigieg calls out Trump for draft-dodging & attacking McCain
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg called out Donald Trump yesterday for his ongoing criticism of John McCain.
In a tweet, Buttigieg not only said that we should “honor” McCain as “a war hero,” but the openly-gay candidate also noted that Trump dodged the draft in Vietnam with a “faked disability.” Trump got four draft deferments during Vietnam: Four for college, and one for allegedly having “bone spurs” on his feet.
The NYT reported last year that two daughters of the doctor who certified Trump’s alleged-bone-spurs have now gone public to say their father faked the diagnosis as a favor to Trump’s father.
Buttigieg’s tweet comes in response to Trump’s repeated attacks on McCain this week for voting against Trump’s efforts to “repeal & replace” Obamacare, and, oddly, for not thanking Trump for his funeral (contrary to Trump’s assertions, he had no role in McCain’s funeral other than flying McCain’s body back to Washington). Cindy McCain reported that she has received vulgar threats as a result of Trump’s latest tirade.
Trump today criticized John McCain for not thanking Trump for giving him such a nice funeral.— John Aravosis
Not joking. pic.twitter.com/Vuagow7RDS
(@aravosis) March 20, 2019
Buttigieg’s tweet about Trump/McCain is interesting on multiple levels. Buttigieg clearly wants to run a positive campaign. He was recently dubbed the Mr. Rogers of Democratic politics, for his calming demeanor. And a recent job posting on his campaign Web site even asks for candidates who are “kind people.” Thus it’s interesting that Buttigieg would highlight Trump having dodged the draft, as that could be interpreted as going-negative.
Having said that, there are multiple advantages to this strategy:
There’s another big benefit to this attack, that I doubt Buttigieg has overlooked: It may just goad Trump into responding, giving Buttigieg an even higher national profile than he already has.
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