John McCain Speaks

 

The full statement from Senator John  McCain (R -Arizona) on the Helsinki press conference  appears below:

“Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.

“ President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world.

“It is tempting to describe the press conference as a pathetic rout — as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience. But these were not the errant tweets of a novice politician. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin’s regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbors, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of international treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world.

“Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency. That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisors makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable.

“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are — a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad. American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed. Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain.”

Bravo John McCain!  Country before party.

About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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14 Responses to John McCain Speaks

  1. leggypeggy says:

    My hearts breaks for the land of my birth. Thank you for posting this. I have not seen it in the Australian media.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    A true hero. I posted on FB. The world needs to see this.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Thank you for this very important post. The United States is in a very real crisis.

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  4. greenpete58 says:

    “Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility.”

    He can’t be serious. Hard-hitting, candid, and necessary words by McCain, but this concluding line displays the same naiveté as when he chose Sarah Palin as a presidential running mate.

    McCain seems like a decent human being, but he’s shackled to an indecent political party, and he shifts from conservative to moderate based on the weather. And he’s certainly not “country before party.” If he was, he wouldn’t have vowed, in the run-up to the 2016 election, to block all of Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court nominations had she been elected.

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    • toritto says:

      I don’t particularly care for John McCain. He has been a GOP stalwart over his career. Every once in a while however when the stakes are high he does the right thing. His vote if I recall saved Obamacare. And he has spoken out today loud and clear. I will give him credit for that. He has a vision of America not in sync with mine but I never doubted he loves his country. He showed it today.

      I would love to see him show up at the Senate and say it to their faces.

      Regards from Florida.

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      • greenpete58 says:

        “I would love to see him show up at the Senate and say it to their faces.”

        I’d love it, too, but it’s too late. Americans, including McCain, had ample opportunity to prevent a catastrophe like Trump occurring. McCain endorsed Trump. He only pulled support after Trump’s “Access Hollywood” scandal broke. And like every other GOP officeholder, he refused to endorse Clinton, although she was the only alternative to this monster.

        He did not vote for Obamacare. On the contrary, he strongly opposed it, and even vowed Republicans would no longer work with Democrats (“They have poisoned the well…”). Talk about obstructionism in Washington. After Trump took office, he pushed to replace ACA.

        Does he “love his country”? Sure! What U.S. political officeholder doesn’t! But he’s also a conservative Republican who puts his party before country most of the time, and pays literal lip service (like above) to country before party only when convenient.

        I always smile at the short memories so many Americans have. You’re smarter than most, and I’m amazed how quickly you are to now lionize McCain. Compared to Trump, he’s an angel. Then again, so is Bush.

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  5. jfwknifton says:

    I suspect that President Trump’s sacred responsibility is President Trump.

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  6. beetleypete says:

    Speaking as a ‘Foe’, (I love being a foe) I see McCain’s speech as very statesmanlike of course. But a McCain/Palin combo would have been no more appealing to me personally than the current Trump/Pence fiasco. There is something brutally honest about Trump’s inability to tackle the job. We can see the stupidity of the man, instead of having that hidden from view, as in the past.
    In a strange sort of way, I actually prefer that.
    Best wishes from your foe, Pete.

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  7. toritto says:

    Greenpete – John McCain voted “no” on the last Obamacare repeal effort – his was the critical vote that saved it. Regards.

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    • greenpete58 says:

      Ok, egg in my face, and I apologize. He did cast a vote, along with Murkowski and Collins, to save Obamacare (thanks for setting me straight). I was thinking of his earlier, steadfast opposition while Obama was in office. The man does have a little backbone, compared to the majority of that party.

      And like you, his vision for America is not in sync with mine. He’s less a hero to me for his politics than his fight against cancer.

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      • toritto says:

        Indeed Greenie. I campaigned very hard against McCain / Palin. My Obama sign on my lawn brought out a sea of McCain/Palin signs in my semi-rural Florida community. But I must admit the man stands up now and then against his own party, now filled with demi-fascists. And his struggle against his cancer is a mighty effort indeed. Love to see him show up in the Senate and vote against the Emperor’s Supreme Court nominee. Best regards.

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