McCain Rebukes Trump: Conceding An Election Isn’t Just An Act Of Graciousness, It’s The American Way

From the statement issued today by Sen. John McCain:

“All Arizonans and all Americans should be confident in the integrity of our elections. Free and fair elections and the peaceful transfer of power are the pride of our country, and the envy of much of the world because they are the means to protecting our most cherished values, the right to liberty and equal justice.

“I didn’t like the outcome of the 2008 election. But I had a duty to concede, and I did so without reluctance. A concession isn’t just an exercise in graciousness. It is an act of respect for the will of the American people, a respect that is every American leader’s first responsibility.

“Whatever our differences we owe each other that respect, which we express by defending the democratic values and practices that protect us all. I don’t know who’s going to win the presidential election. I do know that in every previous election, the loser congratulates the winner and calls them, ‘my president.’

“That’s not just the Republican way or the Democratic way. It’s the American way. This election must not be any different.”

  • Michael R

    ” … but I still endorse him . “

  • JT

    Drumpf, traitor, fraud, criminal, and just plain unAmerican.

  • bkmn

    One moment of sanity does not mean you are sane McCain.

  • JesterRedPanda

    …says the man who wont honor Hillary’s supreme court nominations

  • PickyPecker

    One day he’s this….the next he’s the opposite…..

    • David L. Caster


    • Rex

      I hope he likes fish tacos.

  • Treant

    Oh, piss off you bloody rotter. It’s too late to pull away from Trump now.

  • Tor

    The man who promises to block all of Clinton’s court appointments lectures us on the “American Way.”

    • Mark Neé Fuzz

      Yup, still got to fill those vacant Supreme Court seats when you’re feeling butthurt because your party’s abysmal candidate doesn’t win the election.

      • Falconlights

        TCOB, McCain and that means doing what you were elected to do…including voting on Obama’s candidate for the SCOTUS.

  • PickyPecker
    • CottonBlimp

      He’s demonstrating how he was restrained in Vietnam.

      • Paula

        Those Asians are very clever. 😂

  • Lazycrockett

    Fingers crossed, That he will remember these words when he concedes on the night of November 8th.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    Blind squirrel, acorn, etc.

    • TheManicMechanic

      ACORN! *drink*

      Ooops, sorry, that was just a reflex reaction from the debate last night. And the residual alcohol.

  • Rex

    Look, McCain, your statement that Republicans will block all Clinton SCOTUS nominations should she win is no better, so fuck off.

    • dcurlee

      Took the words out of my mouth

      • Treant

        It musta been while you were kissing me.

      • ColdCountry

        And mine.

    • Do Something Nice

      And while McCain does have an independent streak, one wonders if he would be saying this if Trump had not insulted him and his military service.

      • Randy Ellicott

        no he is saying it becasue all of a sudden Arizona is in play and not locked deep red.

        • The_Wretched


        • pj

          and hes running for his life….

          • thatotherjean

            It’s really time that Grumpy Grandpa retired, while he still has some marbles left.

          • pj

            its way past time.

        • Nowhereman

          I would so love to see this jerk voted out.

      • Rex

        He’s saying it because they’ve refused to even consider Obama’s nominee saying they want to wait until after the election. What they wanted was a Republican to win the election. Now that it’s apparent that’s not going to happen, he’s digging his heels in and showing his real stance that they do not want liberal justices.

        • As if it’s liberal to not be a far right nut

    • Mark Neé Fuzz

      that’s fuck off, grandpa, you senile old turd

      • Rex

        Thanks for the clarification.

      • picalane

        Clearly you’re an ageist. Discrimination against anyone is ugly.

    • D. J.

      He is only supposed to be baby sitting the Palins for the rest of his life. Nothing more, nothing less. He earned that job.

    • Romero

      Seriously! Mcshame needs to sit his sorry ass down and shut the fuck up!

    • Bj Lincoln

      He wants to block her in everything. The GOP does not want her to be President and will be obstructive in all things just like they treated Obama. This is why we must take back our government. We must remove the current GOP members because they are not willing to work with Dems. Period. Not just that they are trying to go backward in history instead of forward to the future that is coming. FUCK McCain and every GOPher who thinks he is right.

      • RoFaWh

        When you turn 65, it’s time to leave public life and retire to raise sweet peas or roses. If 65 is just too too early, then 70, the bibblical three score and ten, but not a minute longer.

        • Nowhereman

          It’s not the physical age–it’s the maturity and mental health. Your comment is really an insult. Also, we don’t use the buybull as a yard stick.

        • JesterRedPanda

          Notorious RBG is old again? but she’s easily my favorite judge and is one of if not the most liberal one on the bench of the supreme court. Age has nothing to do with mental capacity and compassion.

      • lymis

        If you can’t count as high as the number of houses you own, you shouldn’t hold elected office.

    • EDinMCO

      ^^^This x 100. Fucking hypocrite.

    • zhera

      McCain talks about graciousness. Irony dies. RIP, irony. It was nice knowing you.

    • Gaiboi66


    • Thorn Spike

      Or at least grow a pair and publicly rebuke McConnell and your do-nothing Republican colleagues in the Senate to move on Obama’s nominations. But we all know that ain’t gonna happen.

    • gothambear

      Amen brother – he is a fucking hypocrite

    • StSean

      if nothing else, that statement is giving him more opportunities to exercise..

  • moebym

    Great. Now will you respect the election results and confirm Hillary’s SC picks?

    No? Well, fuck you.

  • greenmanTN

    So what Trump said is bad, but McCain announcing that the GOP is going to block all of Hillary’s appointments, without even seeing who they are, is acceptable?

    • Tor

      Apparently, it’s the “American Way.”

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        Well, … at least the republican party way.

        • Tor

          Therefore the quotation marks.

  • JT

    I was just watching the MSNBC coverage of Drumpf’s nonsense from the debate last night, and I want to record that Thomas Roberts is smoking hot in his glasses, although I might like to see him in only his beautiful smile.

    • Michael R

      ( Oct 2012 ) MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts and his longtime love Patrick Abner exchanged vows over the weekend in NYC, making Roberts the first cable news anchor to marry someone of the same sex.

      • james1200

        I don’t think that’s true. I’m pretty sure Sean Hannity is also in a same-sex marriage with Trump.

        • Ray Taylor

          It’s true. They’re so handsome.

          • Tiger Quinn

            Meh. I like guys a bit more rough around the edges.

    • bob

      There are nude pics of him around, lol.

  • TexasBoy

    Oh please, like Trump cares what you think, McCain. Remember, he likes heroes that weren’t POWs.

  • PickyPecker
  • bob

    He screwed himself by making that idiotic statement about refusing to let Hillary appoint a SC justice !

    • Jamie Brewer

      He screwed himself in 2008 by pairing up with Sarah Palin. That act has inflicted infinite damage upon the world by giving that creature a platform to screech from to the ignorant.

  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    His concession should be gracious, but I’m going to laugh my ass off when he drops to the floor bawling and kicking his feet.

  • Butch

    You gave us Sarah Palin. Enough said.

  • Lane

    “Loser says what?”

  • Blake Jordan

    He has no right to call drumpf out, when McCain has already stated that he will not do his job and confirm Pres. Clinton’s SCOTUS pick(s), just like he hasn’t with Pres. Obama’s pick!!!

  • Adam King

    Oh, shut up, you bitter old loser.

  • HoratioCaine

    McCain, the sore loser who hasn’t quit bitching for 8 years and has shown no respect for, and actively tried to thwart the agenda of, the man who beat him fair and square by a majority of votes because we somehow owed him the office of president.

    • moebym

      Though I must admit that I found him gracious in defeat. At least initially.

      • e’ville_globeguy

        Much of that was likely relief that he didn’t have to deal with Caribou Barbie yacking in his ear for four years. I mean, can you imagine?

  • james1200
    • Blake Mason

      James -STOP IT! LOL…

  • shellback

    I hope you follow Clump into the dumpster of horrifying history – and take the harpie Palin with you.

  • Lazycrockett
    • EweTaw

      Gosh, I hope his plane doesn’t have a mechanical failure.

      • Rex

        I don’t want anything to happen to Trump – other than to lose the election.

        • EweTaw

          Gee willickers, neither do I. I want him to live and suffer a crippling defeat. After that? Who cares?

          • TheManicMechanic

            I plan on taunting those that voted for him.

          • Gianni

            So do I. I’m looking forward to unleashing all the insults about the douche which I’ve held in so far because I don’t want to argue with friends/family about the election.

          • abel

            Ditto, but I’ll probably just be grateful he lost and hold my tongue.

          • Gianni

            Part of me usually resorts to calling on my more mannerly, thoughtful self and holding my tongue. This time I’m not likely to do that. Trump is like no other candidate and is so high on the ridiculous, disrespectful, lying, denying, insulting, etc scales that I can’t see myself holding back after the election. If by chance, he wins, I’ll continue to respect the office and hope for the best AND hold back when talking to Trump lovers, but I will never, ever find anything acceptable about this dirtbag.

    • ColdCountry

      No stamina. Sad.

  • coram nobis

    That’s nice of him. Now, is he going to back off his assertion that four or eight years of Hillary’s administration won’t be able to fill one Supreme Court vacancy? That’s unprecedented, too.

  • Max_1

    Oh Johnny,
    Who you gonna vote for?
    Party or principle?

  • Dagoril

    You know what else is the American way, John? Giving Supreme Court nominees an up or down vote.

    • Nowhereman

      And not only that–there are some 90 or more vacant federal judge appointments that they have refused to allow Obama to fill. Unprecedented. And yet they say they are doing it to avoid the democrats packing the courts. I’d love to hear what they say when we take the House, Senate and Oval Office, and then we fill all of those seats and more as they come up.

  • bob

    Now that there’s a pretty good chance Hillary will win, do you think the senate will revisit Garland for SC ? Can a justice be appointed by a lame duck president?

    • Bruno

      Of course one can. Who knows what they’ll do…probably figure they’ll have less say after January.

    • Todd20036

      If the senate switches blue in November they may suddenly be very open to President Obama’s SCOTUS Pick

    • Reality.Bites

      As if Hillary won’t have him murdered the day before the Senate starts its lame duck session. /s

    • Gianni

      If I recall correctly, there is a certain situation where a President can make a legal appointment to fill a Supreme Court vacancy. Something to do with an extended vacancy and Congress not being in session.

  • Mark

    Dude – you shot off your mouth with your ‘block SCOTUS’ comment – so don’t be wagging your fucking tongue with any intent of nobility. You’ve exhausted all that POW political capital hooey – and now you’re just another has-been with nowhere to go but out. Be gone before an Arizona cactus wedges in your ass.

    • Gianni

      I share the feelings. When the constitutional duties of your office take a back seat to your party loyalty and pride, then you need to be out of there. The necessities of the nation come first and foremost. We’ve had eight long years of this partisan, Republican bullshit of legislative job performance refusal because you just don’t like having a black, Democrat President.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Peaceful transition may be the American way, but whining and locking up your opponents is the Trumpian way.
    Who, besides the Deplorables, wants Trump, – the pussy-grabbin’, Putin-luvin’, wannabe fascist?
    Certainly not democracy loving, honorable Americans! No thanks, Herr Drumpf!!!

  • Gustav2

    LOL even LePage:

    Said Maine’s Gov LePage: “Not accepting the results, I think, is just a stupid comment… I mean, c’mon. Get over yourself.”

    • Bruno

      tRumpanzees will have his hide.

    • Herald

      And when you lose LePage you have really lost – trumpettes need to wake up.

    • Reality.Bites

      Can’t believe I’m upvoting LePage!

    • Gianni

      Geez, that is really saying something when the likes of Paul LePage thinks you’re being stupid and he’s a supporter. Donny, you really have demonstrated your love and respect for this country and its legal institutions. You get a big, fat, RED F as your grade. I have seen nary a shred of common decency in you.

  • But hey, he’s still voting Trump, right? Grampa McWalnuts did withdraw his endorsement, but refused to answer when asked if he’ll not vote for Trump.

    • Natty Enquirer

      He’s keeping us in suspense.

    • Herald

      Right, my first thought on reading this release by McCain was he is doing damage control. AS proper as this sentiment is, it does not make up for his pledge that he and the GOP will not allow any SCOTUS nominee by Hillary to pass the Senate.

    • Gianni

      He has repeated often enough that he will stick to his promise of voting for the chosen candidate. Sad reasoning considering the caliber of that candidate.

  • Natty Enquirer

    McCain makes another great speech. Well, he’s right this time. But no one will be holding their breath waiting for anything “gracious” or “American” on the part of Donald J. Trump.

  • ShawnSwagger

    OT –
    Times-Picayune nationwide poll out today: Clinton +12 (previous one was +5)
    Mitchell Research Michigan poll out today: Clinton +13 (previous one last week was +10)
    Also, another poll in Arizona shows it tied. I think all of the last 6 or 7 non-internet polls in Arizona have shown it either tied or Clinton ahead, but some of the internet polls like CVOTER or SurveyMonkey still show Trump with a single-digit lead.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Well, now that Trump is advocating term limits, that’s just a step too far for lifetime public “servant” Johnie McWalnuts. But he’s OK with all the fascist, bigoted, sexist and racist nonsense Trump has been spewing.

  • The_Wretched

    McCain, “Advise and Consent” of the Senate on appointments to the Supreme Court are also part of the American Way. It falls under the separation of powers doctrine that’s fundamental to our government.

    McCain is no better than Trump.

  • geoffalnutt

    Trump and Ryan, McConnell, etc. are not Americans. They are Republicans. Big difference.

    • gaymex1

      It’s not just Trump…not by a long shot. They are basically all pigs at the trough.

  • Reality.Bites

    OT: In this funny piece Slate factchecks Hillary’s claim that he was hosting the Celebrity Apprentice while she was in the middle of killing Bin Laden.

    During the debate I just assumed she meant it figuratively, only that he was hosting the show at that point in time. It turns out though, that a (not live) episode was actually airing at the time. And it gets better.

    May 1, 9:30 p.m.: Obama calls congressional leaders John Boehner and Harry Reid to inform them Bin Laden has been killed. Meanwhile, Team Backbone’s strategy has worked: Team A.S.A.P. is, indeed, thrown off its game by Niki Taylor’s return. Trump observes this turn of events and takes notes for the 2016 presidential debates.

    May 1, 9:45 p.m.: Obama announces that he will address the nation later that evening. NBC chooses to put this news on a crawl at a crucial moment in Trump’s boardroom meeting with representatives from Team Backbone and Team A.S.A.P. about their Farouk Systems presentations. Barely 24 hours after roasting Trump at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Obama has invaded the sanctity of his boardroom.

    May 1, 9:50 p.m. (approx.): Donald Trump announces that Team Backbone has won the week’s competition, and, in a shocking move, that La Toya Jackson will be rehired to serve on the team. But just as he begins discussing Team A.S.A.P.’s failure to successfully promote hair care products, NBC news pre-empts his show to announce the death of Bin Laden.

    East Coast viewers do not discover that Trump has made the crucial decision to fire Hope Dworaczyk until much later that night.

    May 1, 11:35 p.m.: President Obama addresses the nation, confirming that Bin Laden is dead. In a final humiliation for Trump, the president does not mention the firing of Hope Dworaczyk.

    • The_Wretched

      I really like that Clinton and her team put in several of these points for fact checkers to check and give the thumbs up on. That’s strategic planning and shows skill.

  • Captain Obvious

    OT: 10th Woman Accuses Trump Of Sexual Misconduct

    Virginia said that in 1998, in Flushing Meadows following the U.S. Open, Trump approached her while she was waiting for a car to arrive to take her home. She recognized Trump but had never met him. Trump, who was within earshot, was accompanied by a group of men, and Virginia said she heard him evaluating her appearance. “Hey, look at this one,” he allegedly said. “We haven’t seen her before — look at those legs.” Then, Virginia said Trump walked up to her, grabbed her by the arm and touched her breast. She flinched, and said Trump responded by demanding, “Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you know who I am?”

  • IamM

    Still holding a supreme court vacancy for Cheeto Jeebus to fill and threatening not to consider of any of Hillary’s either, John?

    You know, obstructing the government for 8 or more years because the president isn’t a member of your political party is also unAmerican.

    • Gianni

      Also, the President is black.

  • O/T: Been looking around, and it does appear this particularly childish moment for Donald really was his other major undoing last night (besides telegraphing he’ll only respect the election if he wins):

    “Everything I see, [Putin] has no respect for this person,” Trump said.

    “Well, that’s because he’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States,” Clinton fired back.

    “No puppet. No Puppet,” said Trump, shaking his head.

    “It’s pretty clear…,” Clinton continued, as Trump interrupted: “You’re the puppet!”

    Trump later said that he’s never even met Putin, and that he “is not my best friend.”

  • Harry

    Navajo Indians chase Senator John McCain off Navajo REZ.

    • Falconlights

      Good for them. Wish the voters in AZ would run him out of Congress.

      • Bomer

        I did my part. I voted for the Dem that’s running against him.

  • Captain Obvious

    OT: Trump’s Neo-Nazi “Alt-Right” Supporters Suggest “Violent” “Race War” Response To So-Called Rigged Election.

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s claim that the November
    elections will be “rigged” against him has resulted in suggestions of
    post-election violence from his “alt-right” supporters. Two leading
    neo-Nazi websites have suggested that if the election is rigged against
    Trump, there will be an “uprising — violent or otherwise — from the
    American people” and an “open race war” necessitating guns.

    • moebym

      Beginning to wonder if I should fear going out in public in the days and weeks after the election. The prevalence of gun stores here makes me very uneasy.

  • Falconlights

    Look which pot is calling the kettle black.

  • 2patricius2

    Ah, but it’s not the Putin way….

  • LovesIrony

    you do know who’s going to win the election, that is why you are planning your obstruction

    • bambinoitaliano

      They can’t do it openly with Trump, now they revert back to the old ways of obstruction like they have been doing against Bill Clinton, Obama and now Hillary.

  • Dan Robinson

    McCain will have an opportunity to demonstrate on Nov 9.

  • JellyDonut

    Is holding up supreme court nominations the American Way?

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    Don’t worry, Jocko, it will all be fine. The monster YOU began to suckle and nurture with the unleash of Sarah Palin has grown into a full fledged Trump. Even your own pollsters see Hillary pulling 400 plus electoral votes; those will be some very long coat tails, and likely flip the senate. By this time next year we could have Justices Obama (Barack & Michelle) and Warren on the court…all starting VERY long tenures. Remember what WH Taft said when relocating from the White House to the Supreme Court, “Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.”

    • Hank

      FYI, as much as I would LOVE to see Warren as a member of SCOTUS, she is already 67 years of age. Michelle would be perfect as well as Barack, although he probably does not want the position.

  • Xuuths

    I said at the time, that I wish the John McCain who gave the concession speech in 2008 was the John McCain who campaigned in the 2008 election. It might have made a difference in the outcome.

  • Nowhereman

    Here’s another clue, McCain–not endorsing a candidate and yet voting for them anyway is, in fact, endorsing them. A vote is the ultimate endorsement. Now about all those times you refused to advise and consent on this president’s appointments…
    This has been the worst congress ever. I think they’ve done more nothing than the Do Nothings did way back when. Worse–they are proud of it.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Mr. On-Again-Off-Again Statesman says what?

  • edrex

    and consistency is the way of good leadership. I’ll bet he still votes for Trump — pendejo!

  • Richard

    I recall McCain’s boy saying
    “Our primary mission is to assure that President Obama is a one term President”
    Neither gracious nor patriotic

    • Amanda B. Rekendwith

      Funny that they couldn’t even get THAT to happen.

  • Porkie

    Like ensuring continuity of justice and following the obligations laid down by the constitution in considering nominees to the supreme court on their merits…..whoops.

  • Chuck in NYC

    I’d always thought Stan Smith’s cartoon jawline on “American Dad” was a big exaggeration, but based on this top photo it can indeed occur in real life.

  • crisper

    American way? So it the senate doing its job. His statements are as injurious to our democracy as our those of DT, and I really hope he gets voted out.

  • Stev84

    >”and the envy of much of the world”

    HAHAHA. What a fool.

  • Fyva Prold

    Only losers don’t get elected.

  • Mike

    McCain, who gave us Sarah Palin, eight years of obstruction of President Obama, and a vow to never approve any of Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court nominees, has zero moral authority. Actually, he has a deep hole to crawl out from to reach zero. We don’t need analysis from the likes of him. People pretend that Trump is a wild aberration unlike any other Republican, when actually he was created by Republicans like John McCain in their own image.

    • abel

      Very well put. +10000

  • JR

    Know what else is the American Way, Sen. McCain? For the Senate to hold hearings on Supreme Court nominees.

  • Homo Erectus

    But what does Sarah think?

  • goofy_joe

    Nice words, but the sentiment is totally lost after you pledged to block SCOTUS from being able to FUNCTION! Go home old man.

    • abel

      I am particularly hoping for three GOP losses this election. Trump, of course, but McCain and McCrory losing would really make me happy. Ideally, all GOP candidates would lose, but I know that won’t happen.

  • Ore Carmi

    I see that McCain has had a good (person) day.

  • SDG

    So is confirming Supreme Court Justices, hypocritical POS!