This is amazing. Donald Trump is having a meltdown in front of the whole country. Via an interview that’s the basis of  the lead article at The Washington Post website right now, he’s picking fights with the leaders of the Republican Party.

Check out this passage concerning John McCain:

On Monday, McCain, a Vietnam war hero, issued a lengthy statement denouncing Trump for his comments about the Khan family. Asked about McCain’s rebuke, Trump said, “I haven’t endorsed John McCain.

“I’ve never been there with John McCain because I’ve always felt that he should have done a much better job for the vets,” Trump continued. “He has not done a good job for the vets and I’ve always felt that he should have done a much better job for the vets. So I’ve always had a difficult time with John for that reason, because our vets are not being treated properly. They’re not being treated fairly.”

I suspect that if anything hits McCain harder than Trump mocking him last year for being captured during the Vietnam War, it’s being accused of not caring about veterans. Given that McCain put up with that prior insult, perhaps he’ll put up with this one also. But McCain has quite the temper himself. His head must be exploding over this.

For the first time it wouldn’t surprise me if, after their respective primaries, folks like McCain and Paul Ryan might see it as being to their political advantage to un-endorse Trump.

I’m not quite predicting that, but Trump really seems to be courting such actions. It’s ego over self-interest. And coming on top of President Obama calling Trump “unfit to serve as president” today, it plays precisely into the (absolutely correct) Clinton campaign narrative about his lacking the temperament for the job. Hillary couldn’t have scripted Trump’s remarks any better if she’d tried.

 

Based in Oakland, California, Stephen Golub writes, consults and teaches about international development, with a particular focus on justice, democracy, human rights and governance issues. Currently teaching part-time at Central European University in Budapest and previously at the University of California at Berkeley, he has worked in over 40 countries and with such organizations as Amnesty International, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Ford and Open Society Foundations, the U.K. Department for International Development, the U.N. Development Program and the World Bank

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