By Hanif Ghaffari

Why is Trump worried about McCain's death?

September 7, 2018

TEHRAN - President of the United States, Donald Trump, is worried about the death of Arizona Senator John McCain. This concern has intensified in recent days and has been affected by various factors. Accordingly, there are some points that need to be addressed and analyzed:

Firstly, John McCain was the symbol of protest among traditional Republicans against Donald Trump. McCain, as an important senator in the Republican Party, was opposed to the presence of Trump at the top of the political and executive equations of the United States from the very beginning. The animus between McCain and Trump stems, in part, from a controversial statement that Trump made during in 2015.

 “He’s not a war hero,” “He was captured … Does being captured make you a hero? I don’t know. I’m not sure,” Trump said about McCain, who was a Vietnam veteran and a prisoner of war. McCain has been able to form the Republican opposition to Trump inside the party. This he did through influencing people like Lindsay Graham, Jeff Flake and some other Republican senators.

McCain himself asked former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush to give eulogies at his funeral. President Donald Trump, however, was not even invited.
Two unnamed White House officials said that before the senator’s death, McCain’s family asked Trump not to attend the funeral. Throughout Trump’s presidency, McCain was an outspoken critic of current U.S. leader’s actions. He was one of three Republican senators to vote against Trump’s plan to repeal Obama care.

 McCain's negative vote has led to Trump's failure in achieving his goal. Trump's anger over the Arizona Senator remains strong even after his death! The president of the United States refused to issue a formal statement on the McCain's death, and instead he tweeted a message in this regard.  

Secondly, Donald Trump is worried about the impact of John McCain's death on the mid-term elections and the subsequent atmosphere in the United States. The current president of the United States is well aware that he will have two years of continuous challenge ahead at the White House in case the Republicans are defeated in the Congress elections.

 He knows well that he may even be involved in an official impeachment that in turn, would lead to dismissal of power. Under such circumstances, McCain's death could play a significant role in the formation of the "Republican opposition to Trump" in American society. And ultimately, it provides the ground for Democrats to win Senate elections (which is more important than the House of Representatives).

The third point is that Trump is extremely worried about the formation of a coalition of "Democrats" and "dissatisfied Republicans". McCain had been associated with the Democrats over his opposition to some government bills during his time at the Senate. This issue could be intensified in the future, if the Democrats succeed to win the Senate Majority.

 It should not be forgotten that the Republicans' possible defeat in the mid-term elections will result in new divisions among them which would definitely affect the presidential elections in 2020. Under such circumstances, some traditional Republicans will have to make distinctions between themselves and Trump, just to prevent their failure in the upcoming elections, and even accompany the Democrats against the current president of the United States. That's a hard hit for Trump and his companions in the White House.

Ultimately, the president of the United States is worried about the subsequences of McCain's death. He worries that the death of the American Republican senator will create a new wave of "political-social" dissatisfaction. Many American media are also contributing to this worry. Most of America's news sources have praised McCain's character and named him as a hero trying to institutionalize his opposition to Trump as a "political" policy in American society. Therefore, the U.S. president's concerns over McCain's death are not unreasonable.

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