adjective pet·u·lant \ ˈpe-chə-lənt <br> 1 : insolent or rude in speech or behavior
2 : characterized by temporary or capricious ill humor : peevish
TrumpPetulant has been uncharacteristically quiet about the late Sen. John McCain, and one White House reporter has been on a mission to change that.
Jon Karl, ABC News’ White House correspondent, spent part of his Monday afternoon documenting just how doggedly he was asking Trump about McCain’s legacy. With similar resolve, Trump seemed determined to face stoically ahead, ignoring every single one of Karl’s questions.
“In the Oval Office just now I asked [Trump] if he had any thoughts on the legacy of John McCain,” tweeted Karl. “He heard me but did not answer.” Later, Karl said he asked again, but that Trump “stared ahead and said nothing.”
.@jonkarl: “Mr. President, do you have any thoughts on John McCain? Do you have any thoughts at all about John McCain? Do you believe John McCain was a hero, sir? Nothing at all about John McCain? OK.”
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One more,“ Karl wrote a few minutes later. ”I asked the president to respond to the American Legion calling for a McCain proclamation and the lowering of the White House flags. No answer." The American Legion, a veterans’ organization, demanded Monday that Trump issue a formal proclamation about McCain’s death, and requested that he order the flags at half-staff until McCain’s burial in keeping with presidential protocol.
Trump, who once called McCain “very foul-mouthed” and frequently criticized the senator, has not commented since his initial tweet, in which he simply offered “deepest sympathies” to McCain’s family.
Here, from Steve Benen (MSNBC/MaddowBlog), is a headline that says it all: Every living president commemorated McCain’s life, except Trump. Benen concludes:
… it would’ve cost Trump nothing if the White House had issued a dignified written statement celebrating McCain’s life. The president wouldn’t have had to write it, read it, or even agree with it. The statement would’ve made Trump appear gracious toward an occasional critic.
But the small, petty man in the Oval Office just couldn’t bring himself to even pretend to be dignified.
Last night, Rachel Maddow had a scathing, on-line rebuke to President Petulant. The video is embedded below but, if that does not play for you, here is the direct link.