Is Trump Paying Back Ryan and McCain in Their Own Coin?

There are several thing about Donald Trump’s modus operandi that stand out.

One of them — and we’ll leave out mentioning the others for another day — is that he always hits back at people who “don’t treat me fairly.”

In other words, The Donald likes to get even.

And, come to think of it, it’s not such a bad way to go, letting people know that crossing you inevitably comes with consequences.

Makes people think, before they act — or they should do.

Now, two members of Trump’s party face ‘primary challenges this year: House Speaker Paul Ryan and Arizona Sen. John McCain.’

And Trump has not endorsed them. At least not yet. And maybe he won’t, going forward, considering that both have “treated me unfairly.”

Paul Ryan, remember, didn’t appear enthusiastic about endorsing The Donald, famously saying: “I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now.” And even when he did finally endorse Trump — after taking his own sweet time — it came with ifs and buts.

And he continued to criticize Trump over one thing or another,  including the temporary banning of Muslims and now the Khan affair.

So when Trump was asked about endorsing Ryan, he said, “I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country. We need very strong leadership. We need very, very strong leadership. And I’m just not quite there yet. I’m not quite there yet.”

And he praised Ryan’s opponent, Paul Nehlen, for running “a very good campaign.”

Nehlen is the one who defended Donald Trump ‘while Ryan and others distanced themselves from Trump’s attacks on’ the Khan’s, ‘the parents of a Muslim American Army captain who died in the Iraq War in 2004.’

And now we come to Senator John McCain, the other object of Trump’s displeasure:

McCain, whose war hero status Trump questioned early in the campaign, denounced Trump over the incident with Gold Star parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan.

“I haven’t endorsed John McCain,” Trump said when asked about the senator’s rebuke.

“I’ve never been there with John McCain because I’ve always felt that he should have done a much better job for the vets, Trump said. “He has not done a good job for the vets and I’ve always felt that he should have done a much better job for the vets. So I’ve always had a difficult time with John for that reason, because our vets are not being treated properly. They’re not being treated fairly.”

It’s so often the rule rather than the exception with The Donald, that sooner or later he turns the tables.

And Ryan and McCain look set to end up on the rule side of the equation, in this case.

Nevertheless, pretty soon, in the interests of party unity, Trump is going to have to endorse them both. It’s unthinkable that he won’t.