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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, United States, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Americans who admire Donald Trump say they like the fact that he’s a “fighter” but they ought to realize that some fights aren’t worth having. Why, for instance, get involved in a major brawl with John McCain? The Arizona Senator is one prominent Republican who isn’t running for president, so what’s the point of insisting he’s not a war hero or, even more absurdly, denigrating his academic record at Annapolis more than 60 years ago?

It’s important for Republicans to keep control of the Senate, so why attack a sitting Senator of your own party, who will almost surely continue as chairman of the Armed Services Committee? Trump’s pattern of feuds and childish insults – calling all who disagree with him “dopes” and “dummies” – is hardly presidential, and would be positively dangerous in foreign policy. It’s not just his simplistic approach to issues, but also his needlessly combative temperament, that disqualify him as a serious candidate.

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  1. Nature Boy 24/7  •  Jul 21, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    We have followed the RINOs down the drain, shouting at the radio and TV the whole time as the liberal media slanders and trashes our pacifist loser candidates. The country is hopelessly lost, so watching a blowhard insult the piles of trash is entertaining. The Titanic is sinking and the band is entertaining us. Screw you Medved. A former subscriber.

    • gary  •  Jul 31, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      good call nature boy,i hate the neocon warmongers

  2. jguy  •  Jul 21, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Natureboy…..the Titanic is not sinking….but the world has changed….
    as a vet….trump was insulting about Mccain BUT he did come off his original
    comment. Mccain is definitely my hero. About Donald Trump….
    I am turned off by the Tea Party mentality….and I cant go totally socialist with
    the Dems…so …. Trump presents an interesting middleground… he has
    walked on both sides of that world as do many of us… so that is part of the
    trump world. We need a middle person to take some of the air out of the Donald…
    If he runs as an Independent… say hello to President Hillary.

    • edge  •  Jul 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      McCain was a war hero and Trump said as much several times!

      Today McCain is a SKUNK!
      There is no show he will not go on and put down other Republicans!

      If only McCain and other GOP leaders would go after the Democrats as much as they go after Republicans perhaps our poll numbers would be better…oh but then they would not get invited onto the TV shows if they won’t bash repubs!

      “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” —The Eleventh Commandment

  3. John Becker  •  Jul 22, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    You bring up good points but today’s society did not grow up with the ‘Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior’. These ideas are now taught as wrong minded, self-diminishing and discriminatory. We now look for everyone’s faults and ignore or avoid their good qualities, though you still view the good side.
    Mr. Trump is responding to all the RINO’s in the party that will not stand for this countries conservative principles.
    I am a AZ resident and retired military veteran and do not understand how Senator McCain continues to win election after election even when the state legislator formally disowns him. He has been a Giant detriment to the POW/MIA efforts by changing the laws that would have aided in their location. I believe this was to cover or hide his breakdown as a POW, which was understandable.

  4. greg  •  Jul 23, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Mccain should have kept his mouth shut,he spoke
    first and was very demeaning to us citizens this is how you talk to the people you work for?

  5. Bill Warford  •  Jul 23, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Every day Republicans are squabbling over whether John McCain is a war hero, is a day no one is looking at the corruption of Clinton or the Obama scandals. Michael is right.

  6. Birther  •  Jul 24, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Medved helped create Trump. He loved Sarah Palin and her trash-talk. Now the GOP reaps their hate.

  7. Bill h  •  Jul 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I think it’s great. And from who I’ve spoken with, as well as looking at the posts here, a lot of other Smericans think so as well. We are all fed up with all politicians. Michael, think outside the box for once, the world isn’t black and white anymore. We have to stop this decline of american values before we are all beholden to this government, and our kids are left holding the bag.

  8. S johnson  •  Jul 24, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Anyone who thinks highly of McCain needs to really do some research, he is not a war hero he was a snitch while in VN ,he caused the death of at least a hundred sailors on the USS Forrestak,met with the head Isis leader who later killed and ate the heart of the guy he killed, is this what you think he someone to elevate a trader to the U.S. And most certainly not a conservitive.

  9. Mike W.  •  Jul 31, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Michael,
    Look at the polls. Haven’t you noticed that Trump is well ahead, don’t you wonder why? He’s even leading everyone else with the Latinos, which he predicted. Your opinion is in the minority. Figure it out. I’m surprised the other politions aren’t emulating him, at least the ones at the bottom of the polls that have nothing to lose.

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