The Trump administration has the right stuff

Armstrong Williams | 5/24/2018, 3:23 p.m.
The past few weeks have been historic ones for the Trump administration. President Donald Trump finally showed the moral courage ...
Armstrong Williams

No, the private comments by White House staffer Kelly Sadler should never have become a public matter. But now that they have, they should be addressed and they should be condemned.

Senator John McCain is a man who has dedicated his life to the service of his country. Like generations of his family before him, he served with distinction and honor in the Navy. He displayed heroism throughout an ordeal that would have totally destroyed most men: being captured, imprisoned and brutally tortured for years in Vietnam.

In the decades since, he has selflessly continued to dedicate himself by representing the citizens of Arizona and tirelessly advocating for the men and women of the military and for doing what he felt was right to advance this country.

During his campaign for president, he showed real integrity when he took the microphone at a town hall meeting and forcefully rebutted an inaccurate claim by a woman who said she was “scared” of his opponent, then Senator Barack Obama, because he was an “Arab.”

While his own supporters in attendance booed, he said, “No, ma’am…he’s a decent family man, citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is all about.” When he was ultimately defeated in his run for the presidency, he was both gracious and dignified.

Whatever political disagreements Sadler might have with McCain over past votes do not warrant her heartless remarks. Although she might not like that McCain has announced his intention to oppose the Trump administration’s nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel, there is never a justification for callousness and saying that it doesn’t matter what he thinks because he will soon be dead.

Her statements are her own, but they reflect poorly on the White House, where she works. The White House should distance itself from Sadler, hold her responsible and issue a formal apology to Senator McCain.