On Saturday, many people came together to honor and pay tribute to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) who lost his battle with brain cancer on Saturday, August 25. Those in attendance included former President George W. Bush and former President Barack Obama who both gave eulogies as well as former President Bill Clinton.
Throughout the funeral, those who spoke seemed to offer a unifying message that America needs to stand together against the callous and destructive one running the country and for human decency. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) posted a photo on Twitter of former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton with their families, issuing a strong, but simple message.
Flake is retiring from the Senate after this year and along with McCain he has been vocal in criticizing Mr. Trump’s policies and comments. According to U.S. News and World Report:
‘In a speech on the Senate floor, Flake, of Arizona, called Trump’s repeated attacks on the media “repulsive” and said Trump “has it precisely backward.” Despotism is the enemy of the people, while a free press is the despot’s enemy and a guardian of democracy, Flake said.’
In his speech, Flake said:
‘2017 was a year which saw the truth — objective, empirical, evidence-based truth — more battered and abused than any other in the history of our country, at the hands of the most powerful figure in our government. It was a year which saw the White House enshrine “alternative facts” into the American lexicon, as justification for what used to be known simply as good old-fashioned falsehoods. It was the year in which an unrelenting daily assault on the constitutionally-protected free press was launched by that same White House, an assault that is as unprecedented as it is unwarranted. “The enemy of the people,” was what the president of the United States called the free press in 2017.’
He went on to say:
‘Mr. President, it is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies. It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase “enemy of the people,” that even Nikita Khrushchev forbade its use, telling the Soviet Communist Party that the phrase had been introduced by Stalin for the purpose of “annihilating such individuals” who disagreed with the supreme leader.’
‘We know that the attacks orchestrated by the Russian government during the election were real and constitute a grave threat to both American sovereignty and to our national security.’
Senator Flake said that Trump has done very little or nothing to investigate the Russians or defend America against future attacks. In addition, he said that a president like Trump “who must constantly deflect and distort and distract — who must find someone else to blame — is charting a very dangerous path.”
Including Flake, there were 24 senators and six former senators in attendance at Senator McCain’s funeral.
Here’s what Twitter had to say regarding Flake’s photo tweet:
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