Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., showed his disdain for President Donald Trump on Friday as, without mentioning Trump’s name once, he warned Europe about the dangers of the movement that swept Trump into the White House.
McCain began his speech at the Munich Security Conference by praising German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose open borders policies were supported by President Barack Obama and opposed by Trump.
“Not every American understands the absolutely vital role that Germany and its honorable Chancellor, Chancellor Merkel, are playing in defense of the idea and the conscience of the West. But for all of us who do, let me say thank you,” McCain said.
McCain said the conference, designed to discuss globalist solutions, was never “more necessary or more important.”
McCain then equated the current political climate with the fascism of the 1930s by rhetorically wondering what those who created the Munich event would think of the modern world.
Without mentioning Trump’s executive order on immigration, widely interpreted as a ban on Muslims, McCain said, “They would be alarmed by the hardening resentment we see toward immigrants, and refugees, and minority groups, especially Muslims.”
Having earlier told Europe that Trump does not always mean what he says, McCain then said, “They would be alarmed by the growing inability, and even unwillingness, to separate truth from lies,” he added.
McCain, who objected when Trump did not denounce Russian leader Vladimir Putin during a pre-Super Bowl interview, then added, “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,” McCain said
“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,” he said.
McCain’s comments were not well-received on Twitter.
ARIZONA Voters, right now your judgement is in question. Why McCain? Is it a pity vote? McCain presents himself as angry, bitter, vengeful.
— Cathy O’Dell Town (@youlivethrice) February 18, 2017
— Reluctant Socialite (@Socia1Reluctant) February 18, 2017
John McCain has to be the biggest dumbass in the world! He needs to be removed from #nationalsecurity since his comments put us at risk!
— Kim Loves Trump! (@godisgood1961) February 17, 2017
McCain closed by noting that the globe has concerns about America under Trump’s presidency.
“I know there is profound concern across Europe and the world that America is laying down the mantle of global leadership,” he said.
He then reeled off a list of U.S. officials who do not feel that way. Trump’s name was absent from the list.
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