Putting aside, for a moment, Sen. John McCain’s rather bizarre questioning of James Comey during the former FBI director’s recent testimony in front of Congress, the Arizona senator has been one of the very few Republicans who’ve spoken out against Trump. He’s also been one of the very few members of his party to express legitimate concerns about Russia’s possible involvement with Trump’s campaign during last year’s election.
While he’s far from perfect, in today’s GOP, McCain is one of the few Republicans left who has moments where he’ll stand up to his own party. Something that can’t be said for the vast majority of his conservative colleagues who have sold this country out to defend someone who, deep down, I absolutely believe most of them know has no business being “president.”
Well, in comments that I’m sure are going to infuriate Trump, upset many members of his own party, and result in some unflattering messages from conservative voters, McCain recently told The Guardian that Barack Obama was a better leader than Trump, and the U.S. was stronger internationally under his administration.
As reported by The Guardian:
“Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement,” Trump wrote on 5 June, mischaracterizing the mayor’s remarks to Londoners that they should not be alarmed by the enhanced police presence in the wake of the incident.
Senator John McCain, a prominent Republican voice on foreign policy, was visibly irked when asked by the Guardian what message Trump had sent to the United Kingdom, one of America’s most enduring allies.
“What do you think the message is? The message is that America doesn’t want to lead,” McCain said, while adding of the rest of the world: “They are not sure of American leadership, whether it be in Siberia or whether it be in Antarctica.”
Asked if America’s standing on the global stage was better under Barack Obama, McCain, a fervent critic of the previous administration’s foreign policy, responded: “As far as American leadership is concerned, yes.”
That statement is fairly cut and dry.
I don’t expect McCain, or any Republican, for that matter, to heap glowing praise upon Obama. That said, it’s clear by McCain’s comments that he’s very concerned with the image of the U.S. which Trump is presenting internationally and thinks this country was much stronger when President Obama was in office.
This goes along with what I’ve been saying for months. It’s not just about Trump’s total incompetence about how to actually be “president,” it’s how little respect anyone has for him. This is not someone who our enemies fear or our allies trust. He’s a belligerent, emotionally unstable imbecile who’s literally too stupid to understand how ignorant he is.
My opinion is, most of our allies are looking at Trump’s time in office like many of us here in the U.S. who oppose him do: We’re all biding our time, counting down the days, and hoping that by the time he’s out of office he hasn’t caused too much damage. Then once that day occurs, we’ll all do the best we can to erase this massive mistake from our memory and do our best to pretend like the 45th “President” of the United States never happened.
Until then, all we can do is fight back against his lies, do our best to keep him from destroying this country, and anxiously await the day when we can elect a competent person back into the White House.