The establishment threw everything but the kitchen sink at billionaire insurgent Donald Trump with last week’s obvious setup over poor, victimized old John McCain and his “war hero” legend. It has become right up there with saluting the flag, God, mom and apple pie that McCain is the penultimate figurehead for all American service people, past and present. It is practically a national religion and with the amount of media reinforcement that McCain’s time in the Hanoi Hilton gets, it gives a cranky old man who is a very nasty, mean-spirited, duplicitous son of a bitch a free pass to stab Americans in the back with impunity from his position as the most exalted man in the U.S. Senate.

Mr. Trump was lured into what was clearly a planned, coordinated ambush led by the Machiavellian schemer Frank Luntz and the rapidity and totality of the vilification that was heaped upon him was anything but spontaneous. The Washington Post even had a huge hit piece about what Trump did while McCain was suffering as a POW ready to roll out at the beginning of the news cycle. The story magically ended up being a key point of reference for the media drive by shooting. It was well planned and devious as hell.

With practically the entire Republican party field – absent a few notable exceptions like Ted Cruz and Ben Carson – as well as the swarming mainstream media decrying Trump in unity for his blasphemy of the flag-draped McCain, the Donald managed to weather the deluge. Now, according to the first poll after last weekend’s ginned up firestorm, the Trump express has shown that the McCain controversy was nothing more than an inconvenient speed bump.

As is being reported by conservative website Breitbart News in the story “Donald Trump Surges to Commanding lead In Post-McCain Backlash Poll”:

While his favorability rating took a hit, a new poll shows that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s comments about Senator Sen. John McCain’s war record are not the silver bullet many in the GOP and media hoped. A YouGov poll taken after Trump’s ill-considered remarks show his support among Republican voters has surged by double digits and well-ahead of Scott Walker and Jeb Bush, his two closest competitors.

The latest poll was taken between the 18th and 20th. Two of those days occurred after Trump’s McCain comments. Regardless, Trump not only held on to first place, he surged to 28% support. Bush came in second with just 14%. Walker came in third with 13%.

Trump is not only in first place, he earns twice the support of second place.

The poll also asked registered Republicans to make a second choice pick. Trump earned 10%, Walker 12%, Bush 6%.

When you combine the two numbers, Trump sits at a commanding 38%. Walker is his closest competitor with just 25%.

Trump’s comments do appear to have damaged his favorability ratings with Republican voters, which dipped from 64% to 53%. His unfavorable rating climbed from 27% to 42%.

There is much being made about Trump’s unfavorable rating climbing post his McCain heresy but he has never been very popular to begin with among a good many Americans who were turned off by his reality television persona. Hell, I have despised Trump for years but his foray into presidential politics have me giving the man a second look because he speaks the truth, puts up with zero bullshit, calls a spade a spade and can’t be bought off. In short all of the very reasons why he is so loathed by the establishment, the snobbish elite in imperial Washington and their prostitute politicians and presstitue media.

The whole episode should really provide a golden opportunity to revisit the entire McCain “war hero” mythology that provides the man with an impenetrable force field of invulnerability to criticism. There are many troubling stories about exactly what the son of the admiral did while imprisoned as a POW. He definitely collaborated with the enemy by producing commie propaganda, it is undeniable per an actual story that was printed in Stars and Stripes in 1969. There are also the even more disturbing aspects of McCain’s post-Vietnam time according to an extensive piece of investigative journalism by the Pulitzer Prize winning former war correspondent Sydney Schanberg entitled “McCain and the POW Cover-Up” that details the efforts by the “war hero” to quash any chance at investigating and rescuing the remaining men who were MIA in Vietnam. I excerpt from the piece:

John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.

Almost as striking is the manner in which the mainstream press has shied from reporting the POW story and McCain’s role in it, even as the Republican Party has made McCain’s military service the focus of his presidential campaign. Reporters who had covered the Vietnam War turned their heads and walked in other directions. McCain doesn’t talk about the missing men, and the press never asks him about them.

Another story from McCain’s days as a fighter pilot gets no attention at all and that is that he may have nearly sank an aircraft carrier single-handedly. Unfortunately that carrier happened to be the USS Forrestal where the young McCain’s hot shot stunt (or a panicky reaction) set into motion a chain of events that could have inflicted a grievous loss that the Vietnamese never could hope to pull off. There were 134 sailors killed as a result and many more badly injured but McCain never was made accountable, thanks to his daddy the admiral. A  post by a dude from the blog Man Talk entitled “Trump is Correct, John McCain is NOT A Hero” has some good commentary about the Forrestal fire. Had McCain been disciplined – like being stripped of his wings – for his role in the Forrestal disaster then he would never have even been shot down in Vietnam. The media exposure would be a good chance to begin to strip away some of his Teflon coating but don’t look for it from the presstitutes.

As inconceivable that it is to the establishment, the gloating and hopeful reports of Trump’s demise were premature.