On Tuesday night, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was awarded the Liberty Medal by the National Constitution Center. It’s a very high honor indeed.
McCain took the opportunity to use his speech to blast popular vote loser Donald Trump for what America has become under his “leadership.”
“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 tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history,” McCain said to thunderous applause.
Sen. McCain calls refusal of "obligations of international leadership" for "spurious nationalism" unpatriotic https://t.co/bx4E93sdnE
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 17, 2017
While he didn’t mention Trump by name, there’s no doubt that statement was pointed at him in the wake of this disastrous first 9 months of the presidency.
McCain has, of course, been an outspoken critic of much of the Trump administration, famously voting “no” on an Obamacare repeal measure, for example.
McCain’s comments were especially significant given Trump’s recent comments about the four U.S. soldiers who were killed in Niger last week. Trump claimed that while he has “traditionally” called the families of slain soldiers, past presidents “didn’t make calls”, which is 100% false and proven as such countless times since making the comment.