McCain is Taking Down Trump As One of His Last Legacies

Fighting inoperable brain cancer, Republican Arizona Senator John McCain knows he’s not long for this world. Like most people who know that their lives are drawing to a close, McCain appears ready to make the the most of what little time he has left and leave behind as much of a legacy as he can muster at the last moment.

And that legacy appears to be one that involves battling the sitting President of the United States.

It’s no secret that there is no love lost between President Donald Trump and Senator McCain. Any idea that the two might be able to work together as allies was quashed early in Trump’s presidential campaign when he dismissed the former war hero and POW as irrelevant, insisting “I like people who weren’t captured.” Then McCain got his own brief revenge on the President later, when he pulled himself out of his post operative recovery just long enough to vote against a bill that would have repealed Obamacare – one of President Trump’s number one campaign priorities.

There is a tendency when a politician is dying to want to recreate that lawmaker as a political hero, and that won’t happen here. McCain was no friend to progressives – he was a war hawk, a far right conservative, and he helped form the base of what would eventually spring into the Tea Party itself thanks to his elevation of Sarah Palin from small potatoes Alaska pol to far right superstar. But in an age of terrifying government over-reach and the crumbling of Democracy under President Trump, well, the enemy of the enemy does tend to become your friend just a little. And McCain has made it clear that he is the President’s enemy.

As a last act, McCain is close to publishing a final book, one that takes a look at the political lessons he’s learned and the regrets he nurses. And if the New York Times is to be believed, he also unloads on President Trump in the process. “In the book, Mr. McCain scorns Mr. Trump’s seeming admiration for autocrats and disdain for refugees,” the New York Times reports. “‘He seems uninterested in the moral character of world leaders and their regimes,’ he writes of the president. ‘The appearance of toughness or a reality show facsimile of toughness seems to matter more than any of our values. Flattery secures his friendship, criticism his enmity.’”

In case the book doesn’t make McCain’s stance on President Trump clear enough, McCain’s decision about his own funeral dismisses any doubt. “John McCain, who has been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer for more than a year, doesn’t want President Trump to attend his funeral and prefers Vice President Pence to be there, according to a New York Times report,” reports Fox News. “In addition, former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been asked to deliver eulogies at McCain’s funeral, sources close to both former presidents and McCain told CNN.”

The message couldn’t be any clearer – to McCain, Trump is no legitimate President, or even lawmaker. That’s a snub that has GOP presidential allies incensed. “I think McCain comes off as a very bitter individual,” Corey Jones, a state organizer for a pro-Trump political group told the Washington Post. “Instead of leaving the past in the past, McCain has made it a mission of his to undermine the Trump agenda. Trump made some strong remarks toward Senator McCain during the election, and McCain can’t seem to move on. McCain should worry less about who he is and isn’t inviting to his funeral, and worry more about repairing his damaged legacy.”

Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch even went as far as to demand McCain offer the President a seat at his funeral – a statement he later took back and apologized for.

McCain was often called a “Maverick” for allegedly bucking his party – a designation most progressives scoffed at considering his penchant for voting with the GOP for most of his career. But maybe now, with nothing left to lose, that Maverick designation is finally getting one last run. If so, that’s a final gift all Americans can be grateful for.

Photo credit: Chitrapa at English Wikipedia

180 comments

Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara2 months ago

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara2 months ago

I don't know much about this man but I know that the Obama - McCain election was fought between two gentlemen who would not have stooped to mudslinging and personal hostility.

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini2 months ago

Brian F
See what the problem is? The moment anyone tries to have a rational conversation with you, you disappear. It's as if all you want is enemies to shout at. While on other threads you can talk a lot of sense, on this subject you are intentionally blind and deaf but certainly not dumb (in the original sense of not speaking).

Would you please at least have the common courtesy to acknowledge that you have read my posts?

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini2 months ago

Brian F
Just for the record, and not for the first time (!) : I do NOT say the Russia story IS factual, I say that the seriousness of the allegation makes it necessary to investigate it. Until Mueller publishes his report we won't know what has been discovered.

Also just for the record, I repeat: I AGREE about Democratic Party corruption and the injustice of robbing Sanders of his primary. I would say one thing, though, which it pains me to say because I would have been a Sanders supporter if I had the chance, and that is that I doubt he would ever have won the election even if he had won the primary. The reason I say that is because I fear that in your country many people confuse Socialism with Comunism (see Eric Lees below) and you can imagine the scare campaign the GOP would have launched against him.

Please Brian READ what I say above, I mean really READ it and stop accusing me of saying things I've never said and jumping to false conclusions about where I stand in all this.


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Brian F
Brian F2 months ago

Rachel MSNBC and CNN both lied about the Iraq war, and unfairly favored Hillary over Bernie Sanders, so it's not unreasonable to assume they're lying about Russia which they push nonstop. They never say anything about the Democrats rigging the primary for Bernie Sanders to lose and they often smear progressives like Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders, so for Annabel and to Susanne R to beleive that this Russia story is factual is completely ascinine, and shows how weak their arguments are.

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Brian F
Brian F2 months ago

Rachel Thank you for your clarification about the corruption in the Democratic party that caused this crook Trump to win. Unfortunately Annabel and Sussanne R are obsessed with this phony Russia investigation. It's been a year, and still no proof. The Wikileaks emails clearly proved that Hillary is too close to Wall Street for the 21 million dollars they paid her, and she has a public and private position on issues. Disgraced liars Donna Brazille, passed debate questions to Hillary, and Debbie Wasserman Shultz scheduled the debates to favor Hillary, and the Democrats have an extremely unfair super delegate rule that gives the incumbant over 400 super delegates, before having a challenger, which is cheating. So instead of obsessing about Russia, which could start a war, as Susanne R and Annabel are doing, we need to end the corruption of the Democrats, or we will have this crook Trump for 8 years instead of just 4.

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini3 months ago

Susanne R
Thanks for your support but don't worry, it would take a lot more than Brian F.'s insulting remarks to make me feel bad about myself!

One thing I find interesting is how it seems people don't really read what you write. You and I have both been accused of somehow aiding and abetting the corruption of the Democratic Party, something we have neither of us done. On the contrary I have AGREED that the Democratic Party is corrupt. It seems that for Brian and Rachel admitting to concern that the democratic process might have been compromised by outside influences matters less than their obsession with the corruption of the Democratic Party. I would have thought that wanting to know what influences had been at work, to defend against them in the future, would be of compelling interest to ALL the people of the U.S., and not a party issue. The reason that the enquiry is largely, but not solely, into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians is because Trump won the White House, other candidates didn't. It seems to me to be perfectly reasonable to want to know what went on behind the scenes and that this has NOTHING to do with Hillary's bad behaviour, the corruption of the Party as a whole or the real need for social policies to help the poor.

I'm sorry if we are losing you, Rachel (if you read this), your input is always stimulating.

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Brian F
Brian F3 months ago

When you can't use any logical arguments to defend the corruption of the Democrats who caused this crook Trump to win, by rigging the primary for Bernie Sanders to lose, and anointing a crook, Hillary, you invent all kinds of excuses, to try to defend the corruption in the Democratic party, Don't you Susanne R.

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Susanne R
Susanne R3 months ago

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Brian F 19 hours ago

"Annabel Please refrain from commenting here if you don't know what you are talking about."

You didn't say that? Maybe you should scroll down and take a closer look. And who are you to decide who does or doesn't know what they are talking about? Your arrogance is unmerited, but insulting nonetheless.

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Brian F
Brian F3 months ago

Their really is little difference between both corrupt parties. Votes must be earned, and the Democrats have earned nothing after rigging the primary for Bernie Sanders to lose, refusing to support progressive policies that we desperately need in this country like Medicare for all, and having an unfair super delegate rule that gives the incumbant over 400 super delegates before even having a challenger, which is cheating. Bernie Sanders tried to end the Democrats corruption, but the Democrats never will because they make millions from corporations and Wall Street. So the only solution is to support a third party and Jill Stein.

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