Chuck Hagel isn’t your run-of-the-mill Donald John Trump critic.
He once served as defense secretary for President Obama. Oh, but wait! The man isn’t a squishy liberal. He also is a former Republican senator from Nebraska, one of the many states known to be rock-ribbed, red-state Republican bastions. Hagel also is a Vietnam War veteran, serving there in the U.S. Army. He’s been in battle and knows its consequences.
So, when Chuck Hagel calls the president an “embarrassment” to the nation, well, I tend to listen to him.
Hagel sat down with the Lincoln (Neb.) Star-Journal in which he unloaded on the president. He tore into him for his reported “sh**hole countries” comment describing Haiti, El Salvador and nations in Africa that account for many immigrants coming into the United States.
“Donald Trump is doing great damage to our country internationally,” Hagel told the newspaper.
He said lawmakers take an oath to defend the Constitution and not stand blindly behind any individual or their political party. “I was philosophically a Republican with a conservative voting record,” Hagel said, “but that did not mean I would always go along with the party.”
So, he’s not going along. He is speaking from his heart and telling us what’s on his mind. Moreover, he is speaking for a lot of his fellow Americans — such as yours truly — when he tells us that the president is embarrassing us.
I happen to be embarrassed — and ashamed — by the conduct of the man who is our head of state.
Thus, I share Secretary/Sen. Hagel’s pain.