It’s time to stop criticism of the late John McCain

Some Americans, including members of Congress, are happy about the success of President Donald Trump’s policies, even as they wish fervently he would learn, well, to keep his mouth shut on certain topics.

The late Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, is one of those subjects.

McCain was, like Trump, a Republican. But the two clashed politically and very publicly. The senator refused to support a health-care initiative favored by the president. And, Trump said last week, McCain leaked a document intended to harm Trump in his 2016 bid for the White House.

It was clear for some time the two men disliked each other intensely.

McCain died last summer. But the president seems unable to let go of his enmity. He unleashed it against McCain last week, during a speech in Ohio — and, of course, through some tweets.

Trump has been criticized widely for those actions. Even some fellow Republicans in Congress have said they wish he would stop dredging up his differences with McCain.

He should, for one reason: Whatever his actions in Washington, McCain was a genuine American hero. If you do not understand the depth of his courage, compassion, sacrifice and patriotism, perhaps you should look at a biography of him.

McCain deserves to be remembered for that. Period.