I don't think it's news that Trump has said awful, indefensible things about military service, McCain, etc. But I do think some of these statements were new, at least they were to me. The "losers and suckers" comment about those buried in the military cemetery in France was not something I had heard before. I remember him canceling on going to that ceremony, using the excuse that the helicopter couldn't fly in the rain, and him being mocked because he didn't want his hair to get wet, but I don't remember "losers and suckers" at that time. I also didn't remember him saying that George H.W. Bush was a loser because he was shot down. I did find it interesting that Rachel thought it necessary to address how quickly the ad with the parents came out, that it was not a collusion/conspiracy set up before the story came out. Does it have to be explained that political ads do come out very quickly? If Biden made some gaffe today, there would be an ad about it within 24 hours.
I agree that this particular ad with the family members is very powerful. I remember thinking at the time Trump said about McCain that he liked people who didn't get captured that it would destroy his campaign, that no one who disparaged someone's military service, especially a person who was held prisoner for over 5 years and tortured repeatedly, could be elected. I was flabbergasted that he got away with saying that and so I'm not sure why Trump's remarks are such a huge deal now, unless it's the totality of the comments over the years. After all, almost every American has a family member or friend who has served, or is serving currently, even if they haven't served themselves. My dad served in WWII, I have several friends and co-workers who served in Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, and my niece is married to an active duty Army officer. One of my favorite teachers from high school was a man who lost the use of an arm when he was shot down over Italy in 1944. But in a way this is similar to what they did to the Postal Service - they didn't understand how deeply ingrained it is in the lives of Americans. Just as military service is, and the respect for those who served, especially those who gave their lives wearing the uniform of our country.
I flipped it off last night when they started replaying the Mary Trump interview. I didn't think it was a great interview the first time I saw it! I assume Rachel will be off on Monday. My listings show 2 hours of Chris Hayes.