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Arizona Senator and former US Presidential candidate John McCain has, along with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, been among the few critical voices of the Republican party under the Trump presidency. Some might think it personal, since Trump, on the campaign trail last year, condescendingly remarked of the military hero and former prisoner-of-war, “I like people who weren’t captured.”
But one gets the distinct impression both McCain and Graham are genuinely concerned at not only the ethical underpinnings of come of the early Trump policies, but also at the hijacking of the Republican party by a dangerously unpredictable, narcissistic and authoritarian Chief Executive.
And so it was that McCain came to draw the comparison yesterday that many in his party have dared not to draw. Indeed, in criticizing Trump’s fanatical (and really quite cuckoo) war on the media, the Senator told NBC’s Chuck Todd, “That’s how dictators get started.”
The unflinching assessment came on the other side of a press conference which Rolling Stone described as “unhinged.” McCain wasn’t the only one to react strongly: the administration’s pick for National Security Advisor, retired Admiral Robert Howard, declined the position after watching Trump’s performance.
Expect Trump vs. The Media to show no sign of mitigating.