Despite his conservative leanings, it seems that this GOP Senator has something to say against President Trump, the political movement he started, and all the Americans who voted for him.
On Monday, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), made a number of veiled comments directed towards the President, according to Newsmax. McCain criticized what he described as a “spurious, half-baked nationalism” that was growing in the United States. His comments were subtle references to President Trump and his former advisor, Steve Bannon.
McCain’s remarks were issued during his acceptance of the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal in Philadelphia. Former Vice President Joe Biden presented the medal to the Senator, who made the following comments.
“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have 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 consigned to the ash heap of history,” McCain remarked.
The Senator continued, “We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil. We are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad. We have done great good in the world. That leadership has had its costs, but we have become incomparably powerful and wealthy as we did.
“We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don’t. We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent. We wouldn’t deserve to,” he concluded.
McCain received this medal as an award for his “lifetime of sacrifice and service” to the country, and his name joins that of others who have won the award in the past, including the Dalai Lama, Hillary Clinton, and others.
Joe Biden praised the ailing Senator, who has recently been diagnosed with brain cancer. “What you don’t really understand is how much courage you give the rest of us. It really matters,” Biden told McCain. “Everybody talks about these virtues, but this is what the guy did. Duty. Duty. Duty. It’s the marrow running through the solid steel spine of this guy,” Biden said.
Others, including former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, have been just as praising of McCain, even going so far as to call him a “founding father of our time.”
McCain in the past has seen no problem with vocally questioning the competency of the Trump administration. According to Breitbart, McCain commented to a Left-leaning publication that, as far as American leadership was concerned, this country was in a better position under Barack Obama. He also admitted that Trump makes him “nervous from time to time.”
“I realize that some of President Trump’s actions and statements have unsettled America’s friends. They have unsettled many Americans as well,” he added.
Senator McCain made a veiled jab at Bannon, a former adviser to President Trump. Do you agree with him?
He has also fought against multiple proposals to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, hamstringing the GOP’s efforts to repeal Obamacare once and for all.
McCain’s attack against what he sees as a “half-baked” nationalism, while met with applause from his audience, won’t be met with as much enthusiasm from the American public who voted for this very same “nationalism” he laments.