Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) died Saturday at the age of 81, shortly after his family announced that he would be discontinuing medical treatment for brain cancer. Prior to his death, however, he planned one “final burn” for President Donald Trump. It looks like this effort has backfired, though, scorching McCain himself instead of his political rival.
It’s no secret that John McCain and President Donald Trump were not friends. Their relationship, which played out publicly, was rarely smooth. During his presidential campaign, for example, Trump remarked, “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
The animosity between the two was mutual. Following Trump’s press conference with Vladimir Putin, McCain remarked, “Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.”
Even in death, the six-term senator couldn’t seem to let bygones be bygones, instead, holding onto his grudges against Trump and banning him from his funeral. McCain, who was involved in the planning of his funeral before his death, even arranged one “final burn” for Trump which is set to go down at the service:
Even in death, John McCain has one final burn planned for two of his biggest foes — Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump — at a moment when much of the world will be watching.
The Republican senator from Arizona, who planned his own funeral, chose Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza as one of the dignitaries to carry his coffin to the front of the Washington National Cathedral at Saturday’s memorial service.
The funeral cortege, or procession, is often one of the most-watched parts of any televised memorial service, and McCain appears to have chosen his pallbearers with that in mind. He picked some, such as former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), to represent his time as an Arizona congressman, senator and presidential contender. Others, such as former Defense Secretary William Cohen, honor his service as a naval aviator and prisoner of war, and some are friends, such as the actor Warren Beatty.
The choice of Kara-Murza, who twice suffered organ failure from poisoning, appears aimed at sending a last message to Putin and Trump, who McCain had criticized for sounding too cozy with the Russian leader, amid an investigation into whether the U.S. president’s allies cooperated with Moscow’s efforts to intervene in the 2016 election. [Source: Politico]
This final attempt by McCain to burn President Trump is absolutely pathetic, for more reasons than one. For starters, the Russian collusion narrative that McCain bought hook, line, and sinker has yet to be proven true. There isn’t a single piece of evidence proving that Trump colluded with Russian operatives to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, despite a lengthy and costly investigation into the matter by Trump’s fiercest adversaries.
There isn’t even evidence that Trump ever met personally with any Russian operatives. However, you can’t say the same about McCain, who met with a “sinister Russian oligarch” two years before the 2008 presidential election cycle and then later lied about it:
Two years before the late Sen. John McCain got annihilated by former President Barack Hussein Obama in the 2008 presidential election, he met with a sinister Russian oligarch “whose suspected links to anti-democratic and organized-crime figures are so controversial that the U.S. government revoked his visa.” …
[McCain] then later lied to the media about the nature of the meeting: “The McCain campaign later claimed that ‘any contact between [Russian oligarch] Mr. [Oleg] Deripaska and the senator was social and incidental,’ but afterward Deripaska thanked Davis for arranging ‘such an intimate setting,’” The Nation magazine reported in 2008. [Source: Downtrend]
So, to summarize, McCain picked some Russian dissident to carry his coffin to allegedly stick it to Trump, whom he believed colluded and met with Russians during the 2016 election. Yet the evidence shows it was actually McCain who once met with a Russian operative during a U.S. presidential election cycle.
John McCain spent his final days painstakingly planning every last detail of his own funeral, adding petty details to try and smear President Donald Trump. But instead of burning his political rival, he only ended up exposing himself as a raging hypocrite. No wonder so many people are remiss to call this man a “hero.”