President Donald Trump and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) always had a turbulent relationship based on obvious strong disdain for one another. While President Trump and Sen. McCain have both made their opinions known, McCain continually uses media attention to criticize the President.
In a recent interview with Esquire, McCain was discussing President Trump when suddenly he said, “I don’t agree with the way he’s conducting his presidency, obviously.” He continued, “He’s an individual that unfortunately is not anchored by a set of principles. I think he’s a person who takes advantage of situations.”
McCain went on to acknowledge that the President is successful in business and as an entrepreneur, but alleges that Mr. Trump lacks in the “principles and beliefs” department.
Oddly, McCain feels that way despite the fact that President Trump has done nothing but work hard to deliver on the promises made to Americans. He was elected on a set of principles that many Americans felt the country needed — and he has fought to improve their lives.
The Senator went on to mention his grudge with President Trump into the picture. “I don’t think there was any doubt about his views towards me. But I’m a loyal Republican.”
He is the “loyal Republican” who ruined the chance to repeal and replace ObamaCare by casting the deciding vote. Many argue that if McCain were as loyal to the GOP as he claims, he would have voted to repeal the bill that most Republicans & Independents find to be intrusive and unconstitutional.
Last month, during an event McCain took the opportunity to fire a shot at President Trump and his supporters. He claimed that there is “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in the United States.
It’s unclear whether McCain was criticizing nationalism in general, or the notion of false nationalism. There is no problem with having love and pride for the country one comes from, so long as they respect others from different countries.
After McCain’s attack on President Trump’s principles, the President responded. He warned McCain, “At some point, I fight back and it won’t be pretty.” McCain responded: “I’ve faced far greater challenges than this.”
Somehow, Sen. McCain doesn’t take issue with his bashing of President Trump. However, when the President responds in kind, McCain takes issue. Apparently, McCain finds it unacceptable for the President to retaliate against verbal attacks. McCain believes his own principles are intact, while the President’s are lacking.
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President Trump said that McCain managed to “let down” both his party and the people in Arizona by voting against the repeal and replace of ObamaCare. The general message seems to be that McCain is out of touch and perhaps not as “loyal” as he claims.
Just two years ago, McCain stated on the Senate floor: “It is clear that any serious attempt to improve our health care system must begin with a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare, and I will continue fighting on behalf of the people of Arizona to achieve it.” However, McCain went completely against this message when he voted against repeal, citing necessary bipartisanship to prevent “the American people guessing from one election to the next whether and how they will acquire health insurance.”
There is a good chance that the American people have not seen the last of McCain and his attacks on President Trump. Members of Congress have — and will — continue to attack the President, but they’d better be prepared for a similar response.