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McCain Attacks Trump From Beyond the Grave: Left Note Before Death

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Sen. John McCain appeared to take some last not so veiled swipes at President Donald Trump in a farewell message read Monday in Phoenix, charging that “tribal rivalries” and hiding “behind walls” weakens the United States.

McCain died on Saturday at his home near Sedona, Arizona from brain cancer at the age of 81. A farewell message from the Vietnam War veteran and former prisoner of war was read by close friend and former presidential campaign manager Rick Davis.

After speaking about the country’s best qualities, McCain said, “We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all corners of the globe.”

He added, “We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.”

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The general tenor of the message was in emphasizing the strength and resilience of the United States, and the privilege and reward he felt in dedicating his life to the nation’s service.

“‘Fellow Americans’ — that association has meant more to me than any other. I lived and died a proud American. We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil,” McCain said.

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“We are blessed and are a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world,” he added. “We have helped liberate more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history. We have acquired great wealth and power in the process.”

The late senator drew his statement to a close quoting from his 2008 presidential race concession speech to rival Barack Obama urging Americans not to lose heart, in what he described as the country’s “present difficulties.”

“Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here,” McCain stated. “Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.”

Trump received criticism in the media for failing to mention McCain’s service to the country in a tweet offering condolences to his family on Saturday.

However, on Monday, the White House issued a statement from the president, which read in part, “Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Sen. John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.”

McCain reportedly did not want Trump to attend his funeral.

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Trump said that Vice President Mike Pence will speak at a ceremony Friday at the U.S. Capitol honoring McCain.

The commander-in-chief added that White House chief of staff John Kelly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and national security advisor John Bolton have been asked to represent the administration at services for McCain.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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