Veteran Republican Blasts Trump, GOP For Partisan ‘Sideshow’ in Scathing Attack
“The Maverick” is back. President Donald Trump and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes spent the morning readying their “Nothing Burger” memo for release. Just before the memo went public, Senator John McCain released a statement. Ever the pugilist, McCain pulled no punches. While he did not call anyone out by name, his comments and the content of the statement pointed plenty of fingers. Named or not, he meant President Trump, Devin Nunes, and the entire complicit Republican party.
Don’t Mess With “The Maverick” when American Freedom is at stake
McCain began by targeting Russia for their cyber attacks and disinformation campaigns. Vladimir Putin has caused more damage to the United States and its allies (like France and Germany) this decade than Russia did at the height of the Cold War. McCain was careful not to say Putin handed the 2016 election to Donald Trump. Instead, he described the political discord and internal divisions sowed by Putin’s tactics.
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“In 2016, the Russian government engaged in an elaborate plot to interfere in an American election and undermine our democracy. Russia employed the same tactics it has used to influence elections around the world, from France and Germany to Ukraine, Montenegro, and beyond. Putin’s regime launched cyberattacks and spread disinformation with the goal of sowing chaos and weakening faith in our institutions. And while we have no evidence that these efforts affected the outcome of our election, I fear they succeeded in fueling political discord and dividing us from one another.”
Remeber that oath? enemies, foreign AND domestic? Mccain does.
Here is where McCain really cut to the heart of the issue. What Trump, Nunes, and the Congressional enablers are doing is wrong. Attacking Mueller and impeding his investigation. Viewing events through a warped lens of politics. Manufacturing partisan sideshows. Coming immediately before the release of the Nunes memo, there is little question what McCain meant by “manufacturing political sideshows.”
“The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests – no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s. The American people deserve to know all of the facts surrounding Russia’s ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation must proceed unimpeded. Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.”
His best line was the last. Every American should read it and demand the obstruction and obfuscation by Republicans stop immediately.
“If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.”
It was good to see “The Maverick ” in action again. McCain may be a Republican, but he is an American first, a patriot first. He has been in Washington a long time, since the middle of Ronald Reagan’s first term. He knows what we are seeing from Trump and the Republican Party every day is not right, is not the American way. There is no middle ground. They either work for Americans, for the rule of law, or they work for Vladimir Putin and Russia.
There was no video from McCain today, just a statement. But enjoy one of his greatest hits, the “thumbs-down” on Obamacare repeal.