Ralph Peters: Trump's Attacks On McCain A "Classic Case Of Male Fears Of Inadequacy"

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Appearing Tuesday night on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Fox News analyst Ralph Peters responded to President Trump's latest attacks on the memory of Sen. John McCain.

"It's a classic case of male fears of inadequacy," Peters said. "I mean, it goes along perfectly with his lifelong obsession with having women on his arm that look like teenage boys' fantasies."





Peters said Trump's continued attacks on McCain shows he is "consumed" by jealous. He said Trump "does not seem like a happy man" and seems "terribly lonely."

"If there is a quality, an emotion that will ruin lives and start wars, it is jealousy," Peters said. "And Trump appears to me to be consumed by it, because for all the doodads he's got and now he's got Air Force One to replace his older plane, all the toys he has, he does not seem like a happy man. He seems terribly lonely, just roaming the halls of the White House at night living, living for television."

Peters said he feared that if Trump were impeached he would "incite violence" on his way out and be responsible for many deaths.

"Whether or not collusion is a crime, sedition is," Peters said. "And if on his way out the door, whenever that may be, Trump incites people to violence and people die -- well, you know, the mob boss is an accessory to murder. It's not just the hitman down on the streets."

"And deadly sedition, I mean, that is incontrovertibly a criminal offense and it doesn't take a powerful CNN lawyer to tell you that," he added.

LT. COL. RALPH PETERS (RET.): Well, I think it's very straightforward, Anderson. John McCain was, and in our heart remains, the man Trump could never be. And Trump knows it.

It's a classic case of male fears of inadequacy. I mean, it goes along perfectly with his lifelong obsession with having women on his arm that look like teenage boys' fantasies.

He wants to show us all how tough he is. But he's not tough. He's a draft dodger. And he appears to be a physical coward with a big mouth.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: It seems to me the people who are actually tough, who have actually been in tough situations and shown themselves and have risen to those situations to meet them, they don't talk tough necessarily. I mean, they often are the quietest person in the room.

PETERS: Yes. Indeed. It's just an old rule. The guy who brags at the bar wasn't a hero.

And -- myself, I've been privileged to know some men and women whom I regard as genuine heroes, and John McCain, who I knew slightly as well. And no, they don't shoot off their mouths. They don't gratuitously insult people. They don't incite hatred, on the contrary.

The people who've actually served this country so well, with John McCain as his generation's leading example, they don't -- they just don't behave like Trump.

COOPER: Yes, it's interesting because I used to think, or at times I thought, OK, there's a political reason for the president to be doing something or for tweeting something or trying to change the message, refocus people onto something else that distracts from something, something going on that's negative to the president or that he doesn't like.

Mike Shields, who's a supporter of the president's, was on the program last night saying that some people might actually see this as strength from the president, that he's sticking to his guns, that he's not pretending to like somebody who he didn't like in life, and that you know, it's him not backing down, just because Senator McCain has passed away. That it's actually a sign of strength to some people.

PETERS: Does one really need to reply to anything that preposterous?

Look, Trump is just shameful. He is obscene. He is disgraceful. I mean, pick your adjective.

But anyone who -- again, who dodged the draft, who never did anything for this country and who was elected apparently with the help of a hostile power, that this guy would attack and keep attacking John McCain just shows you the power of human jealousy. I mean, jealousy -- here in Washington, everybody's afraid of human emotion. We never talk about something like jealousy being a strategic factor.

Yet if there is a quality, an emotion that will ruin lives and start wars, it is jealousy. And Trump appears to me to be consumed by it, because for all the doodads he's got and now he's got Air Force One to replace his older plane, all the toys he has, he does not seem like a happy man. He seems terribly lonely, just roaming the halls of the White House at night living, living for television.

This man's the president of the United States. And the best he can do with his time is watch Fox News and tweet? I mean, future historians, future citizens are going to look back at this interval in our history and be utterly appalled and disgusted because I'll tell you, as an intelligence officer I was a really good analyst.

I had an incredible track record. I could never foresee the American people electing someone like Donald Trump.

COOPER: I'm just wondering also, it's a little off topic but I was curious when this happened to get your take on it. When the president talked about having the military and the police and construction workers and bikers on his side and that they're tough people and, you know, that they're peaceful and he hopes they stay that way, but it would get really bad if they didn't, I was surprised by that. I mean, I don't know of other ways to look at it other than he's saying he has Armed Forces on his side, he's saying he has the police.

That seems to be the kind of message you would hear from some dictator in some other country, from some wannabe strongman.

PETERS: When I heard that, I was infuriated, on multiple levels. First, what an insult to our military, particularly to the officer corps. We have never had a coup or the threat of a coup in this country. Our officer corps and our military is loyal not to some midtown Mussolini, but they take an oath to the Constitution of the United States.

And as long as the elected president of the United States gives lawful orders, our military will obey those orders whether they like them or not. But should any president give unlawful orders, orders that contravene the Constitution, the military will say no.

I mean, you might get a couple crazies. But the military is loyal to the Constitution, not to an individual. I'm sure that's the same with the overwhelming number of police departments and others.

Now, some biker gangs. Will he have some biker gangs on his side? He might. I don't really think they're going it overthrow the country.

But, Anderson, whether or not collusion is a crime, sedition is. And if on his way out the door, whenever that may be, Trump incites people to violence and people die -- well, you know, the mob boss is an accessory to murder. It's not just the hitman down on the streets.

And deadly sedition, I mean, that is incontrovertibly a criminal offense and it doesn't take a powerful CNN lawyer to tell you that.

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