In an interview with CNN’s David Axelrod on Sunday, Cindy McCain said that her late husband, Sen. John McCain, would be “terribly upset” about Republicans refusing to speak out publicly against President Donald Trump.
“I think he’d be disgusted with some of the stuff that’s going on,” said McCain in an episode of the “Axe Files.”
McCain said that her late husband would “be railing against what’s going on.”
“I think John provided a lot of cover for other members,” she said. “And when he would do it, then they could get behind him kind of thing. And I’m not seeing that – a real rudder in the Senate right now in all this happening.”
Gotcha. Okay, Cindy, so in order to be a true elder statesman of the Senate, you have to – what? Criticize President Trump? Join the Democrats in their impeachment crusade? Reject the very people who voted to put Trump (and you) into elected office? That makes a lot of sense. Plus, if you’re looking for that kind of nonsense gravitas, look no further than Mitt Romney. He apparently only ran for the Senate so that he could be this “real rudder” that Cindy McCain is talking about. How many people has he convinced with his anti-Trump rhetoric? Other than people who didn’t need any convincing – people like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.
While we’re at it – why do we never see anyone complaining about Democrats like this? Where are the thinkpieces about that lone Democratic congressman we so desperately need to stand up and say, “Hey, we already wasted the public’s time and money for two years on a phony Russian witchhunt. Maybe instead of running up the tab on another fake scandal, we should…you know…legislate? Try to, um, run the damn government?” No, there’s apparently no need for a rogue Democrat, but it’s oh-so-important that we get some Republicans to go against the tide.
McCain said that Republicans were “afraid” to go against Trump because it might hurt their chances of being reelected.
“I’m not being critical, because I understand what it means to get reelected. But at some point, you have to do what you were elected to do, and that is represent the country, as well as your local people,” McCain said. “But I think John would be- — I know he’d be terribly upset by this whole thing.”
And how is it doing “what you were elected to do” to jump on the bandwagon and bash Trump for innocuous phone calls and everything else under the sun? We’re not sure, but we’d say approximately 0.0% of Republican voters went out and voted for their GOP senator because they wanted him to go to Washington and jump on board with the Democrats. So that argument is as silly as it is insulting.
We get that everyone wants to tiptoe around the truth of McCain’s last years, but the fact is that he was doing everything BUT what he was elected to do. His personal feud with Trump cost Republicans the chance to truly repeal Obamacare and start over with something better. We’re not saying that defines his whole legacy, but if we’re going to remember the man fondly, we have to ignore his behavior in the Trump era. It was definitely not his finest moment.