In the style of most dictators throughout history and across the world, Donald Trump has used an “us versus them” mentality in all of his statements since winning the presidential election in 2016. It’s been Trump followers versus college campuses, Black Lives Matter organizers, liberals, progressives, the news media, the intelligence community, and the legal justice system for four years, but most often, it’s Trump supporters or Republicans versus Democrats, with no mention of unity or working across the aisle.
Cindy McCain is joining the board of Joe Biden's presidential transition team, becoming the second Republican to sign on to formally advise Biden as he plans for his possible presidency. https://t.co/BGuK0urE6x
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 28, 2020
Joe Biden has promised to be a very different kind of president, one who can reach across the aisle, work with the GOP to end the endless stalemates in the House and Senate, and be a president to everyone. Far from Trump’s rhetoric casting more than half the country’s residents as evildoers out to get him, Biden has even included Republicans in his transition team, a team that will help him turn campaign promises into policy, including one very well-known name among the Republican Party.
According to The Wall Street Journal:
‘Cindy McCain, the wife of the late GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, is joining the board of Joe Biden’s presidential transition team, becoming the second Republican to sign on to formally advise the Democratic nominee as he plans for his possible presidency.
‘Mrs. McCain endorsed the former vice president last week, calling Mr. Biden a “good and honest man” and arguing he is the only presidential candidate who will stand up for America’s values.’
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) September 28, 2020
The Biden family and the McCains have been close for many years, including before John and Cindy McCain married. The wife of the late Senator McCain gave Biden a heartfelt endorsement and talked of their friendship during the Democratic National Convention, introducing a video tribute to the friendship between the two longtime senators.
‘The news comes as national polls showPresident Trump trailing to Mr. Biden. Aides to Mr. Biden hope that Mrs. McCain’s endorsement will expand the former vice president’s support among moderate Republicans and independents. The two candidates are set to take part in their first presidential debate on Tuesday.
‘Mr. McCain and Mr. Biden were longtime friends. Mr. Trump has at times criticized Mr. McCain, who endured beatings and solitary confinement as a prisoner of war for more than five years in Vietnam.’
Cindy McCain endorses Joe Biden: "There's only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values" https://t.co/H7j8x7cQm5
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 27, 2020
While it may be unthinkable in today’s divisive political climate, Biden has often worked with Republican colleagues in the Senate to get bills passed, including the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Crime Victims with Disabilities Act. He intends to bring that same spirit of bipartisanship to the White House, as he’s showing in the selection of his advisors.
‘The Biden transition team previously announced nearly two-dozen members of its advisory board. The group is being led by five co-chairs: Anita Dunn, a senior campaign adviser; New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D); former Sen. Ted Kaufman (D., Del.); Rep. Cedric Richmond (D., La.); and Jeff Zients, who headed the White House National Economic Council during the Obama administration.
‘Other members of the advisory board include: former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a previous Democratic candidate for president; Dr. Vivek Murthy, who served as U.S. surgeon general during the Obama administration; former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice; and Sally Yates, a deputy attorney general under President Obama who was acting attorney general in the early days of the Trump administration.
‘Mrs. McCain joins one other Republican on the advisory board: Former Obama administration Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald.’