Arizona’s GOP senator, John McCain has proven to be a among the staunchest Republican opponents to the Trump Administration in the less than a year that Trump has occupied the White House.
He put his conservative opposition to the president on full display yet again this Monday when, while delivering remarks upon his acceptance of the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal, he trashed the president and his core supporters as the belligerent, un-American, self serving nationalists that they are.
Sen. McCain commented, in part:
‘To fear the world where we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we’ve advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain “the last best hope of Earth” for the sake of-some half baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans have consigned to the trash heap of history.’
Sen. McCain was temporarily cut off towards the end of his remarks by a rousing round of applause, and for good reason.
Although Trump and his allies masked their rabid, idealistic nationalism in a cloak of pretending to care about the general population, it’s quickly come out since Trump officially took office that his priorities do not consist of advancing the causes of all Americans, especially those who don’t look like him.
When thousands of white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, and sparked violence that ended in the deaths of three people, the president insisted — even though some of those people marching were literally carrying swastikas — that there were “fine people” on the side of the white supremacists. That is perhaps the clearest example showing that what McCain said is accurate, but there are plenty more.
Trump has his own reasons for despising McCain, as he has put on display time and time again. Way back at the beginning of the 2016 election season, then-candidate Trump took it upon himself to attack McCain for being captured and held as a prisoner of war for years on end, saying he prefers “people who weren’t captured.”
Watch video of a portion of McCain’s comments upon receiving the Liberty Medal below.
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