Republican Senator John McCain, of Arizona, is not known to be a man to pull any punches. After remaining mum on the matter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s comments about the family of a dead Muslim U.S. soldier, McCain finally broke his silence in a devastating statement.
Sen. McCain wrote, “In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents. He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service. I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican party, its officers, or candidates.”
The senior senator from Arizona went on to say:
I claim no moral superiority over Donald Trump. I have a long and well-known public and private record for which I will have to answer at the Final Judgment, and I repose my hope in the promise of mercy and the moderation of age. I challenge the nominee to set the example for what our country can and should represent.
McCain’s attempt at taking the high road in rebuking Trump’s rhetoric will only go so far. It wasn’t but a year ago when Trump set off a bonfire of outrage after he attacked McCain’s personal service record by saying McCain wasn’t a war hero because he was captured. Trump said, “I like people who weren’t captured.” What a classy guy.
Watch Trump’s original comments about McCain: