CNN’s Chris Cillizza assures us Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Millard Fillmore and Franklin Pierce would never have said what Trump said of McCain.

Damn straight.

And had they said it after the passing of a national hero, the earth would have shook. Because back then a president’s words held weight. They meant something. Trump’s words don’t.

Our Western allies finally figured this out. It took them a year, but they learned they could stop striking a match to themselves every time the president fired off a tweet.

The spoken word in the Trump White House is a spent vehicle for moving ideas and promoting policies. He drove it into the ditch.

When Trump speaks ill of McCain, you don’t need a rebuttal. You don’t need a sermon.

Five words will suffice.

“Thank you for your input.”