Politicizing the Dead

By Bill Maher

Remember Pat Tillman, the NFL star who quit after 9/11 to fight the terrorists? Republicans tried to capitalize on his death. Ann Coulter rhapsodized that he was “an American original – virtuous, pure and masculine like only an American male can be.” Well, it turned out he hated the Iraq War and loved Noam Chomsky. Republicans were like, “Oops.”

They’ve done it again with Mollie Tibbets. Her dad wrote in The Des Moines Register that politicians and pundits have “chosen to callously distort and corrupt Mollie’s tragic death to advance a cause she vehemently opposed… do not appropriate Mollie’s soul in advancing views she believed were profoundly racist.”

At least John McCain planned his own funeral, and politicized his own death. So much of it came off as a maudlin Trump roast. What haunts me, though, is if John McCain really wanted to be this bipartisan guy and brave stander upper to Trumpian politics, why didn’t he resign before May 31st, so there could be a fair election for his seat? Instead, the Republican governor appointed a stooge who will be in office through 2020 and who will vote with Trump even more than the 83 percent of the time John McCain did.