Sen. John McCain’s hatred for President Donald Trump reportedly ran so deep that even during Trump’s inauguration in January — which was supposed to be a joyous event given that it meant a Republican would finally be in the White House again — the senator stewed in anger.
According to Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who sat beside McCain during the Jan. 21, 2017, inauguration, the since-departed Arizona legislator spent the whole speech repeating the names of various dictators to her like a broken record.
“I sat on that stage between Bernie [Sanders] and John McCain, and John McCain kept reciting to me names of dictators during that speech because he knew more than any of us what we were facing as a nation,” she revealed during a campaign event in Iowa last week, according to HuffPost.
“He understood it. He knew because he knew this man more than any of us did,” she added.
McCain certainly knew all about dictators:
— Nora (@Puzycat69) December 10, 2013
What he seemingly knew very little about was Trump.
Despite the belief by Democrats and “Republicans” such as McCain that the president is a fascist dictator, megalomaniac and whatever else, his actions these past two years have shown him to be a transparent leader who respects the separation of powers.
A dictator would have fired special counsel Robert Mueller or at least tried to block his investigation, which as a reminder was started in part because of McCain’s widely panned decision in 2016 to funnel a Democrat-funded dossier of anti-Trump smears to the FBI. Yet the president never did.
A dictator would have at least tried to block Mueller’s investigation. The president never did that either. Instead, he complied with all of the special counsel’s requests for documents and information.
The president has likewise respected the decisions of those judges who’ve ruled against his executive orders. This places him in stark contrast to McCain’s good buddy, former President Barack Hussein Obama. The former president repeatedly violated court orders.
And save for his frequent criticisms of the media — many of them arguably justified — the current president has, for the most part, treated the left-wing media with honor and respect.
This cannot be said of Obama, a man whom McCain frequently defended and praised. Not only did Obama’s Department of Justice spy on the Associated Press and then-Fox News reporter James Rosen. It also made attempts to spy on numerous other media organizations.
“[T]he DOJ considered subpoenaing the phone records of other news organizations, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and ABC News,” Columbia Journalism Review reported just last week, citing newly uncovered Obama administration documents.
The documents were reportedly provided to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and the Freedom of the Press Foundation via the Freedom of Information Act.
McCain’s Twitter account, which was launched in 2009, doesn’t appear to contain any mentions of these spying efforts. It does, however, contain praise and congratulations for Obama:
Congratulations to President Obama and his family on this Inauguration Day
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) January 21, 2013
Good remarks by Pres Obama today on #Ukraine – working on legislation now w/ Senate Foreign Relations Cmte colleagues
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 6, 2014
Not to mention a litany of criticism against the current “dictator” in chief …
An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election. https://t.co/lcQTBi7CA1
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 20, 2018
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 26, 2017
Today’s press conference in #Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 16, 2018
There’s no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 16, 2017
The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests – no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s. https://t.co/6dsbcBIla6
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 2, 2018
As demonstrated by the latter tweet, McCain especially disliked it whenever the president spoke out against the alleged abuses carried out by the Obama FBI and DOJ.
“The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests — no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s,” he said in early 2018. “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.”
The comments were made after Trump called the Russia probe “a disgrace” and accused the Obama FBI and DOJ of having improperly used the aforementioned dossier of anti-Trump smears to justify spying on his 2016 election campaign officials.
It’s since been confirmed that the Obama administration did indeed spy on his campaign after obtaining permission from a U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Moreover, last month Attorney General Bill Barr launched an official investigation to determine whether the spying had been predicated on legal justifications.
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