Senator John McCain is not a person to irritate, and now he is as mad as hell. The senator withstood five and one-half years of torture in Viet Nam, owing to his formidable strength of character and unflappable patriotism. Then, he spent decades honing his political skills. Now, he is taking Donald Trump apart one lie at a time.
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly asked about 45’s affection for Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that the man is a killer. Trump’s response was startling:
‘There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers. Well, you think our country is so innocent?’
Trump took five deferments to get out of going to Viet Nam. Four were for education, and the fifth was a trumped-up medical condition. Conversely, the enemy shot down McCain when he was in the Navy serving as a fighter pilot.
At the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the Arizona Republican senator attacked Trump shot after shot without ever mentioning the president’s name, according to the Washington Post:
‘[The founders of the Munich conference] would be alarmed by an increasing turn away from universal values and toward old ties of blood and race and sectarianism. They would be alarmed by the hardening resentment we see toward immigrants and refugees and minority groups, especially Muslims. They would be alarmed by the growing inability, and even unwillingness, to separate truth from lies.’
This is what a senior politician should look like, when he puts the country first over his party, a rare commodity in the money-logged Congress. Instead, greed-warped legislators mold themselves to their donor’s desires, the country be damned.
McCain warned that the Western world might not survive Trump, WaPo reported:
‘In recent years, this question would invite accusations of hyperbole and alarmism. Not this year. If ever there were a time to treat this question with a deadly seriousness, it is now. But what would alarm them most, I think, is a sense that many of our peoples, including in my own country, are giving up on the West, that they see it as a bad deal that we may be better off without, and that while Western nations still have the power to maintain our world order, it is unclear whether we have the will.’
McCain spoke directly to Europe’s concerns about the unusual man in the Oval Office WaPo said:
‘I know there is profound concern across Europe and the world that America is laying down the mantle of global leadership. I can only speak for myself, but I do not believe that is the message you will hear from all of the American leaders who cared enough to travel here to Munich this weekend. That is not the message you heard today from Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. That is not the message you will hear from Vice President Mike Pence. That is not the message you will hear from Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. And that is certainly not the message you will hear tomorrow from our bipartisan congressional delegation.’
McCain made the country proud as he ended his speech:
‘I refuse to accept that our values are morally equivalent to those of our adversaries. I am a proud, unapologetic believer in the West, and I believe we must always, always stand up for it. For if we do not, who will?’
Are you listening, Republicans?
Featured Image: Getty Images/Alex Wong.
H/T: Washington Post.