Dr. Laura’s Donald Trump Smackdown

Photo credit: Joshua Pinho
Photo credit: Joshua Pinho

As I was driving home from work yesterday I tuned in (as I often do) to the Dr. Laura show, which is now on Sirius XM.

Dr. Laura almost never mentions politics, but Donald Trump’s insult to John McCain drove her over the edge.  I don’t have the transcript, but this is what I heard.

She was responding in particular to Donald Trump’s claim that McCain is not a war hero because he was captured and spent years as a POW: “Anyone who volunteers for the military is a hero.  A hero, by definition, is someone who voluntarily puts themselves in harm’s way, in defense of another.”

As to Donald Trump’s doubling down and refusing to acknowledge his insult, Dr. Laura says its a character issue: “We all make silly flippant statements at times, you do, I do, we all do—but when we do we correct ourselves, we say ‘What I meant was. . .’  As a vet’s mom, what Donald Trump said is just too much for me.”

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in Action.