Earlier today, Senator John McCain proved that he should probably focus on his retirement rather than try to cling to his powerful seat in the U.S. Senate. I’m referring, of course, to Sen. McCain’s totally inappropriate comments in which he blamed President Obama for the Orlando shooting.
Here were McCain’s comments:
Barack Obama is directly responsible for it, because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaida went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures, utter failures, by pulling everybody out of Iraq,” a visibly angry McCain said, as the Senate debated a spending bill. “So the responsibility for it lies with President Barack Obama and his failed policies.
McCain would eventually walk back his comments after receiving fusillade of criticism from Democrats, but he opened up the floodgates to a nasty place from which there is no return. In fact, his Democratic rival, whose being described as McCain’s toughest campaign challenger in his career, is already pouncing on these comments.
Elected leaders have a moral duty to work together to root out terrorism and keep Americans safe. But today, we saw John McCain cross a dangerous line in comments that undermine our Commander in Chief on national security issues — at the very moment the president was in Orlando to comfort victims’ families.
So why would McCain be so eager to blame Obama and not, say, guns for the mass shooting in Orlando?
Follow the money.
The skeleton in his closet is that he has accepted a disturbing amount of money from gun groups to toe the gun industry’s line. According to data from the Center of Responsive Politics, no member of Congress has received more direct and indirect support from the National Rifle Association than the $7.7 million that has gone to McCain over the course of his career. In 2008 alone, the NRA spent more than $7.2 million in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat Obama and elect McCain. Yeah, real maverick-y.
The fact that, while McCain is certainly a war hero, making disparaging comments like the one just days after the worst mass shooting in America’s history while raking in buckets of NRA cash, well, tarnishes the man’s prior bravery and patriotism. But even worse, he’s said he’s supporting Donald Trump in spite of all the insulting comments Trump made about McCain’s war hero status. November just got even more interesting.
And a lot more miserable for McCain.
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