Senator John McCain has resumed his Never Trump stance, and thus is getting major media coverage.
John McCain lost the national election to Barack Obama. The idea that he represents the Republican mainstream is ludicrous. But that doesn’t stop him from taking himself very seriously. Worse, because he opposes Donald Trump, the mainstream media takes John McCain seriously. They even pretend that the mainstream thinking of Republican politicians is that same as mainstream thinking among Republican voters.
Thus the long story in The Hill: “McCain strikes back as Trump’s chief critic.”
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is President Trump’s fiercest critic in the GOP and is giving voice to misgivings held by other Republicans more reticent about airing criticism in public.
McCain’s latest stunning public shot was to tell The Guardian that America’s standing in the world was stronger under former President Barack Obama, a man the Arizona senator has torched for a “feckless” foreign policy.
The statement came a month after McCain, his party’s 2008 presidential nominee, strongly criticized Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for downplaying the importance of basing foreign policy decisions on American values.
“With those words, Secretary Tillerson sent a message to oppressed people everywhere: Don’t look to the United States for hope,” McCain warned in a New York Times op-ed.
Also last month, McCain called reports that Trump had shared classified information provided by Israeli intelligence “deeply disturbing” and warned that allies may not share sensitive material in the future.
McCain is rarely afraid to speak his mind, noted John Weaver, a longtime political adviser to the senator.
“I’ve talked to a number of Republican senators who share the same viewpoint and for whatever reason are reluctant to say it,” said Weaver.
McCain’s office and the White House did not comment for this article.
McCain was less critical of Trump last year, when he was running for reelection to the Senate for a sixth term — even after Trump questioned McCain’s status as a Vietnam War hero.
“I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said in a cutting remark about McCain’s five years of captivity in a North Vietnamese prison.
Since then, McCain, who relished the label of maverick earlier in his career but has aligned himself more closely with the GOP establishment recently, has become a big thorn in Trump’s side.