WASHINGTON, D.C. (Accredited Times) – During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump suggested that Senator John McCain was “not a war hero”.
“He was a war hero because he was captured?” Trump wondered with an obnoxious smirk on his orange face. “I like people who weren’t captured.”
The statement shocked the accredited media given that John McCain had served five-and-a-half years in a Vietnamese prison camp and had served his country honorably as a U.S. Naval Aviator. The alt-right has claimed that McCain crashed five planes and nearly sunk an aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Forrestal, by recklessly doing a “wet start” — a “smart ass punk” trick that “creates a large startling flame and lots of surprise noise”. In point of fact, however, McCain only lost four planes, and the U.S. government has made clear that the U.S.S. Forrestal incident, which killed 134 Americans, had nothing to do with McCain.
Early Friday morning, John McCain lived up to his heroic background yet again by delivering the decisive vote in killing off the Republican Party’s “skinny repeal” bill — a bill that would have rolled back ObamaCare and killed thousands of innocent Americans, both documented and undocumented alike. The final Senate vote was 51-49 against the measure; Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine joined Senator McCain in voting against the bill.
“I thought it was the right thing to do,” McCain told reporters while leaving Capitol Hill.
McCain’s vote came after he had twice voted earlier in the week to push for the bill, which, as progressives explained, would have killed up to 20,000 people and left up to 22 million people without health insurance. McCain’s vote also came after voting on December 3, 2015 to repeal ObamaCare, a bill that Obama subsequently vetoed.
McCain’s vote illustrates the importance of arguing politics. McCain’s earlier votes were obviously genuine, and he obviously changed his mind only because of jawboning by progressives, and not because both the Republican and Democratic Party establishments both support ObamaCare or its predecessor, RomneyCare. Although McCain’s closest ally, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, voted for the repeal, it’s doubtful that the rugged South Carolina Senator would have ever switched sides if the establishment needed his vote.
McCain has now officially joined the pantheon of conservative heroes. His vote also demonstrates the pensive intelligence of the “maverick” Senator, despite graduating 894th out of 899 students at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.
Senators cheered McCain’s heroism. Democrats openly clapped while numerous Republicans matched their enthusiasm with fist bumps and muffled applause.
“Yeah, we’re totally against ObamaCare . . . NOT,” one anonymous Republican establishmentarian told us. “You people are so stupid.”
“Well, the ‘base’ won’t be happy, but we sure are,” another said. “Remember, we’re exempt from ObamaCare.”
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Senate Minority Leader, more openly expressed his admiration. “He’s a hero — he’s a hero of mine.”
McCain’s vote now cements our first African-American President’s most important legacy — delivering affordable healthcare for all Americans.