‘But why would he go?’ Twitter storm over Trump’s golfing during McCain funeral
Just as Barack Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton came together to laud the late Arizonan senator, the notably absent president hit up a golf course in Virginia. What’s more, to the outrage of McCain supporters, Trump started tweeting about a dispute with Canada about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) during the Arizona senator’s memorial.
There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal. If we don’t make a fair deal for the U.S. after decades of abuse, Canada will be out. Congress should not interfere w/ these negotiations or I will simply terminate NAFTA entirely & we will be far better off...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2018
....Remember, NAFTA was one of the WORST Trade Deals ever made. The U.S. lost thousands of businesses and millions of jobs. We were far better off before NAFTA - should never have been signed. Even the Vat Tax was not accounted for. We make new deal or go back to pre-NAFTA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2018
“There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal,” he wrote. “If we don’t make a fair deal for the US after decades of abuse, Canada will be out. Congress should not interfere w/ these negotiations or I will simply terminate NAFTA entirely & we will be far better off...”
Shortly after, Trump followed up with “Remember, NAFTA was one of the WORST Trade Deals ever made. The US lost thousands of businesses and millions of jobs.”
Twitter was quick to point out the contrast between the solemn day that the president was apparently ignoring, and the leisurely plans he had. “Washington Mourned John McCain. President Trump Played Golf,” one user posted. “While presidents Obama, Clinton, and Bush gathered to honor John McCain, Trump spent the day at his golf course,” another user said.
“...What does it tell you about yourself when you are specifically not invited to funerals?” another asked.
Trump visits golf course as Washington mourns John McCain. Hey moron, what does it tell you about yourself when you are specifically not invited to funerals and weddings? No, No don’t blame Obama or Hillary or emails. It’s all you!! Horrible person https://t.co/gBlG9shpOK— Geri Riley (@GeriRiley5) September 2, 2018
Others took the time to point out that the backlash over the president’s golf game was just an “opportunity to bash America and its leader,” and Trump should “stay strong.” Another was more direct, calling for the US leader’s naysayers to “rot in hell.”
Are you jealous? You shouldn't be, who would want a funeral that was all about hate for Trump. It shows how little people cared for McCain and saw a opportunity to bash America and it's leader.— Jean Ray@Iamhuman (@JeanRay1123) September 2, 2018
I listen to the news and I get nauseous. Those 24 hour networks or say the exact same thing. A bunch of garbage. Stay strong President Trump. You’re doing great. Just watched Meghan McCain on the news giving her eulogy.— ARLENE (@arlenetoou) September 2, 2018
So every one at a funeral for McCain takes pot shots at Trump all of you are Disgusting punks....ROT IN HELL— Todd (@ToddPerrin3) September 2, 2018
Some wondered why, despite the lack of an invitation, the president would attend an event that turned into a Trump-bashing session. “Why would he go he was told he wasn’t wanted there?” a Twitter user asked.
why would he go he was told he wasn't wanted there MCcain made it clear Meghan McCain made a nasty speech about Trump and she is just another fake news commentator.— Brenda Snyder ❌ (@brengale) September 1, 2018
Instead of Trump attending McCain’s funeral, his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner attended the service in the president’s stead – drawing even more anger from the crowds, as Ivanka was caught apparently texting during the memorial.
Ivanka put the phone away.— JoAnn Kennedy (@JoAnnKennedyCAN) September 1, 2018
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