The battle between McCain and the White House is picking up steam

Note: We at the Examiner are not in any way endorsing Senator McCain’s world view, but do think he represents the voice of the establishment right. So we offer up this opinion piece from the Washington post for prospective as an example of what the otherwise intimidated and silent mainstream Republicans think…………Pretty sobering.

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John McCain is increasingly mad as hell about President Trump. And on Friday, he went after Trump — hard.

During a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the Republican senator from Arizona delivered a pointed and striking point-by-point takedown of Trump’s worldview and brand of nationalism. McCain didn’t mention Trump’s name once, but he didn’t have to.

And even considering the two men’s up-and-down history and the terrible things Trump has said about McCain, it was a striking display from a senior leader of a party when it comes to a president of the same party.

In his speech, McCain suggested the Western world is uniquely imperiled this year — even more so than when Barack Obama was president — and proceeded to question whether it will even survive.

“In recent years, this question would invite accusations of hyperbole and alarmism; not this year,” McCain said. “If ever there were a time to treat this question with a deadly seriousness, it is now.”

In case there was any doubt that this was about Trump. Here’s what followed:

“[The founders of the Munich conference] would be alarmed by an increasing turn away from universal values and toward old ties of blood and race and sectarianism.”

“They would be alarmed by the hardening resentment we see towards immigrants and refugees and minority groups — especially Muslims.”

“They would be alarmed by the growing inability — and even unwillingness — to separate truth from lies.”

“They would be alarmed that more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent.”

That’s Trump, Trump, Trump and Trump.

McCain continued: “But what would alarm them most, I think, is a sense that many of our peoples, including in my own country, are giving up on the West, that they see it as a bad deal that we may be better off without, and that while Western nations still have the power to maintain our world order, it’s unclear whether we have the will.”

Trump has repeatedly suggested a desire to pull out of or scale back on international involvement and agreements. His slogan is “America first,” after all. And it’s not just on free trade: It’s also when it comes to things like NATO, the transatlantic military alliance that Trump has suggested the United States is getting a bad deal on and has flirted with not enforcing.

Then McCain invoked some of those close to Trump and emphasized that his message won’t square with theirs:

I know there is profound concern across Europe and the world that America is laying down the mantle of global leadership. I can only speak for myself, but I do not believe that that is the message you will hear from all of the American leaders who cared enough to travel here to Munich this weekend. That’s not the message you heard today from Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. That is not the message you will hear from Vice President Mike Pence. That’s not the message you will hear from Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. And that is certainly not the message you will hear tomorrow from our bipartisan congressional delegation.

McCain then concluded with another direct shot at Trump.

Then McCain invoked some of those close to Trump and emphasized that his message won’t square with theirs:

I know there is profound concern across Europe and the world that America is laying down the mantle of global leadership. I can only speak for myself, but I do not believe that that is the message you will hear from all of the American leaders who cared enough to travel here to Munich this weekend. That’s not the message you heard today from Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. That is not the message you will hear from Vice President Mike Pence. That’s not the message you will hear from Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. And that is certainly not the message you will hear tomorrow from our bipartisan congressional delegation.

Two weeks ago, you may recall, Trump suggested the United States didn’t exactly have the moral high ground on Russia. Asked by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly about wanting good relations with a “killer” like Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump demurred. “There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers,” Trump said. “Well, you think our country is so innocent?”

Ever since, it seems, he and McCain have been on a collision course. McCain didn’t fight back when Trump questioned his war-hero status long ago — perhaps because both men were trying to win elections — but the battle between McCain and the White House is picking up steam.

And on Friday, McCain traveled across the Atlantic to deliver a calculated, planned attack on Trump’s entire system of beliefs.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/17/john-mccain-just-systematically-dismantled-donald-trumps-entire-worldview/?utm_term=.dff9e17e186b&wpisrc=nl_fix&wpmm=1

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7 thoughts on “The battle between McCain and the White House is picking up steam

  1. I’d pick McCain, hands down.

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  2. That’s how you get a better deal, that’s how you make thinks happen, you scare the shit out of everybody. He scares you to death yet millions don’t give it a second thought. ” President Trump’s opponents fail to see that we are outside the boundaries of typical politics; The corruption controlling America is so vast its becoming mainstream. We have three camps in this country- Those aware of how deep the corruption goes and support the status quo, those who are aware and want to fight, and those who have no idea (the Normies) President Trump’s ability to rout out the corruption depends on gently waking up the Normies; many of whom are lost in the main stream media. When President Trump gets the press to contradict and trap themselves, it causes a ripple in the Narrative, and another Normie awakens.”
    The Normies are who elected President Trump with the help of the MSM bias talking down to them thinking they’re to stupid to know the difference. So McCain goes Europe and guess what ? Nobody cares.

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  3. My interpretation is a bit different.

    It seems Mr. McCain is laying the ground work for the Republican Party to divorce itself from Mr. Trump.

    The Republicans have a tricky situation to maneuver. How do they get rid of Trump, who they don’t like and don’t want, and get into office Mike Pence, who they do like and do want; without destroying their commanding political position in the process?

    In the end the Republicans will want us to believe they alone saved us from Donald Trump. And considering their track record, I would not be surprised if they succeed.

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  4. McCain is trying a Trump move, calling him a Dictator is branding like
    crooked Hillary or lyn’n Ted. He aready tried branding Trump supporters Crazies in 2015 obviously didn’t work. Saying he’s trying to suppress free speech by complaints of bias msm news. This won’t work for him either with outlets like The Huffington Post now posting “Imaginary news” “Trumps 77 minute Melt Down” referring to the recent news conference. Apparently the Post saw a meltdown, Apparently millions of Trump supporters did not. I did not see a meltdown now having seen the conference. Pretty sure I wasn’t hallucinating. Somebody’s hallucinating. Maybe John is.

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  5. Having just seen Senator Lindsey Graham distance himself from McCains dictator comments on Face the Nation and himself admonish the press for their bias news reporting. I’d say a Republican Revolt is moot.

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  6. He is a NeoCon, who is supported by other NeoCons, but not supported by the general republicans. The general republicans & true conservatives have fought NeoCons, started new parties, & joined other parties.
    He represents NeoCons, which come from far left and far right both.
    He doesn’t represent “Republicans”.

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