There have always been politicians willing to ridicule – or at the very least, minimize – the military service of an opponent. John Kerry, Max Cleland, Tammy Duckworth, and yes, even George W. Bush, had their service questioned or belittled.
All Donald Trump is showing us is that Americans still support slash and burn politics… but it doesn’t have to have a polite veneer anymore. Trump has accomplished a further coarsening of campaigning. Future candidates will take Trump’s lesson to heart.
We get the politicians we deserve, America.