There has been bad blood between Sen. John McCain and Donald Trump long before Trump became president. Now, John McCain seems to be holding on to that grudge, and it is affecting every single American citizen.
It all began when McCain traveled to Washington Friday. He stated to his colleagues, “Congress must govern with a president who has no experience of public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct,” according to LA Times. He didn’t seem to be voicing genuine concern — it was meant as an insult to the president of the United States.
This conversation took place as McCain was planning to fly home to Arizona for brain cancer treatment. Instead of delivering a message of unity before leaving, he chose to drive a wedge of disunity.
McCain implied that Congress should do everything it can to keep a solid check on executive powers. However, his comments were adversarial in nature. Instead of boasting about the importance of checks and balances, McCain was obviously trying to get members of the GOP to go against President Trump.
Then, McCain said something that caught many people off-guard. He said that, “We don’t answer to him. We answer to the American people.” This statement flies in the face of many decisions McCain has made recently.
During the repeal vote for Obamacare, McCain was the deciding factor and cast his ballot in favor of keeping the doomsday legislation. McCain voted against the repeal, despite previously claiming that he wanted to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.
In fact, he used to use the slogan, “Leading the Fight to Stop Obamacare.” It seems that he, for years, opposed the Affordable Care Act. But his opinion seems to have changed once Trump got elected.
McCain says that Congress answers to the American people, and not the president. Yet, President Trump is the representative of the people. Many voted for him on the basis that he would end the disastrous ObamaCare system.
McCain then closed his speech by saying, “We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power. And we should value our identity as members of Congress more than our partisan affiliation.”
Sen. McCain is maintaining his personal vendetta against President Trump. Is it time for our leaders to come together for the good of the country?
Congress is there to check the power of the president. This is something we’ve heard time and time again. The Republican party has said that Obamacare needed to be scrapped for seven years, but are now outright refusing to work with Trump, and hiding behind platitudes about Congress’ duties to the American public.
It seems McCain will keep pushing against Trump, no matter what the president does. Many speculate that the hostility these two men show toward one another stems from early last year when, still a citizen with hopes of getting elected, Donald Trump said he likes it when people are not captured — obviously referring to McCain’s capture in Vietnam.
This speech came days before Congress returned from their summer recess. McCain’s words will echo in the minds of many. Make no mistake, though — there was malice in McCain’s tone, and his interests and values are not aligned with ours, as he would have us believe. His interests lie in his personal vendetta against the president.