Politics

John McCain Speaks Out Against Donald Trump

August 1st 2016

By:
Almie Rose

Donald Trump's statements regarding a fallen Muslim solider are so bad, even John McCain is finally speaking out against the republican presidential nominee.

John McCain official photo The republican Senator, who has dealt with attacks from Trump in the past, released a statement speaking out against Trump's statements regarding Khizar Khan, who gave an impassioned speech at the Democratic National Convention about his deceased son, Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan. In his statement he not only praises Captain Khan for his service and bravery, but also stresses that he is not in agreement with Trump, saying:

"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."

Ali Vitali, of NBC News, tweeted McCain's full statement.

Here is that statement:

"The Republican party I know and love is the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan.

I wear a bracelet bearing the name of a fallen hero, Matthew Stanley, which his mother, Lynn, gave me in 2007 at a town-hall meeting in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. His memory and the memory of our great leaders deserve better from me.

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.

Make no mistake: I do not valorize our military out of some unfamiliar instinct. I grew up in a military family, and have my own record of service, and have stayed closely engaged with our armed forces throughout my public career. In the American system, the military has value only inasmuch as it protects and defends the liberties of the people.

My father was a career naval officer, as was his father. For hundreds of years, every generation of McCains has served the United States in uniform.

My sons serve today, and I'm proud of them. My youngest served in the war that claimed Captain Khan's life as well as in Afghanistan. I want them to be proud of me. I want to do the right thing by them and their comrades.

Humayun Khan did exactly that — and he did it for all the right reasons. This accomplished young man was not driven to service as a United States Army officer because he was compelled to by any material need. He was inspired as a young man by his reading of Thomas Jefferson — and he wanted to give back to the country that had taken him and his parents in as immigrants when he was only two years old.

Captain Khan's death in Iraq, on June 8th, 2004, was a shining example of valor and bravery inculcated into our military. When a suicide bomber accelerated his vehicle toward a facility with hundreds of American soldiers, Captain Khan ordered his subordinates away from the danger.

Then he ran toward it.

The suicide bomber, striking prematurely, claimed the life of Captain Khan — and Captain Khan, through his selfless action and sacrifice, saved the lives of hundreds of his brothers and sisters.

Scripture tells us that 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.'

Captain Humayun Khan of the United State Army showed in his final moments that he was filled and motivated by this love. His name will live forever in American memory, as an example of true American greatness.

In the end, I am morally bound to speak only to the things that command my allegiance, and to which I have dedicated my life’s work: the Republican Party, and more important, the United States of America. I will not refrain from doing my utmost by those lights simply because it may benefit others with whom I disagree. 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."

This is not the first time Trump and McCain have crossed paths.

Of McCain's military service and time spent as a prisoner of war, Trump has said, "He's not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."

McCain, who is facing a Tea Party opponent in a tough primary race for his Senate seat in Arizona, has been reluctant to push back on Trump. In response to the P.O.W. comments, McCain told CNN, "What he said about me, John McCain, that’s fine. I don’t require any repair of that. But when he said, ‘I don’t like people who were captured,’ then there’s a body of American heroes that I’d like to see him retract that statement. Not about me, but about the others.”

McCain's own daughter has shown no such reluctance to bash Trump.

 

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[h/t Raw Story]