Friday, June 14, 2024

Breaking: Arizona Senator John McCain, War Hero, Dies at 81; Trump Tweets Generic Message


Senator John S. McCain of Arizona has died of brain cancer. He was 81. His family had announced yesterday that he was stopping treatment, and that his time was coming to an end.

Now we wait for a statement from Donald Trump who is unbelievably president of the United States. Trump has mocked McCain for being kidnapped and taken prisoner during the Vietnam War. McCain got his revenge by voting against ending Obamacare. He became a hero all over again.

McCain made pretty much only one mistake in his long and stellar career in politics: he let Sarah Palin run as his vice presidential candidate. She absolutely cost him any chance of winning, and became a standard bearer for national stupidity.

Otherwise, McCain was a moderate Republican who loved his country and put it first. What a week– Aretha Franklin and John McCain. We’re losing the best people.

UPDATE Here’s Trump’s Tweet, written by someone in the White House and totally impersonal.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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