Sen. John McCain has since tried to walk this back, but that’s not cutting it with many folks. People typically know it to be the case that when you say something, you mean it, and if you say later you misspoke, were misquoted, or were misunderstood…no one really buys it.
As reported by The Hill, McCain, who has claimed to be a Republican all along, recently told Britain’s Guardian that he believes the United States was better served by the leadership of Barack Obama than by that currently provided by Donald Trump.
It’s no secret that McCain was hardly a Trump fan during the course of the 2016 election, but did he really say that?
To set things up, McCain was questioned by The Guardian about his reaction to President Trump being so publicly critical of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s reaction in the wake of the recent London terror bombing. Initially, The Guardian asked McCain what message he thought Trump’s high-profile jab sent to the United Kingdom, as a whole.
“What do you think the message is? The message is that America doesn’t want to lead,” McCain responded. The senator wasn’t finished answering, however, adding that the rest of the world is “not sure of American leadership, whether it be in Siberia or whether it be in Antarctica.”
It gets better.
The Guardian followed up and asked if America’s “standing” around the world was better under Obama than Trump. McCain’s answer?
“As far as American leadership is concerned, yes.”
And yet Arizona just keeps on electing this guy.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large