John McCain is a long-time senator from Arizona. He rose to fame because of his heroism in the Vietnam war. He was a prisoner of war for more than five years. He stood up to his captors. When he came home, people called him a hero. That is until Donald Trump came along.
At a rally in Iowa Trump said, “McCain’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, OK?”
The insult shocked and dismayed many people. Donald Trump did not serve in the military. He stayed out of the draft. He was a student.
It is hard to believe that Senator McCain is supporting Trump for president. But he is. Why? Because Arizona is a conservative state. McCain has to court the vote of conservative Republicans to win the election.
McCain needs the votes of Trump supporters. But many Trump supporters say McCain is part of the establishment. They say he is the kind of person Trump wants to toss out of government.
McCain even said, ”Younger, newer voters are registering. But for only one reason. To vote against Trump.”
Almost a half million Latinos may vote in the next election. That is an increase of eight percent over the last election for president.
Trump wants to deport immigrants. Latinos resent the way Trump talks about them. They resent the wall he wants to build. Many resent the way Trump talks about the judge who is hearing the case against Trump University. Trump said the judge could not be fair because he is of Mexican heritage. In fact, the judge was born in Indiana.
John McCain has a real problem. Latinos will use his support of Trump as a reason not to vote for him.
For McCain, his election is everything. He accepts the price he has to pay to stay in the Senate. Even the humiliation of supporting Trump.
Source: The New York Times June 4, 2016
(An earlier version of this article mistakenly said Senator McCain was a veteran of the Korean war.)