John McCain Denounces Trump’s Attacks On The Media: Trump Is Providing Cover For “Repressive Regimes”

Politico reports:

President Donald Trump’s assault on the press, most often through barbed tweets and harsh words, has manifested itself more dangerously around the world, Sen. John McCain wrote in a Washington Post op-ed, granting the legitimacy of the White House to press-stifling efforts worldwide.

“Reporters around the world face intimidation, threats of violence, harassment, persecution and sometimes even death as governments resort to brutal censorship to silence the truth,” McCain (R-Ariz.) wrote in his op-ed, published Tuesday night.

“Unfortunately, the Trump administration’s attitude toward such behavior has been inconsistent at best and hypocritical at worst,” he continued. “While administration officials often condemn violence against reporters abroad, Trump continues his unrelenting attacks on the integrity of American journalists and news outlets. This has provided cover for repressive regimes to follow suit.”

Read McCain’s full op-ed, which was clearly timed as specific criticism of Trump’s “Fake News Awards” – which was supposed to happen today although yesterday Sarah Huckabee Sanders downgraded that bullshit to a “potential event.”

  • Tawreos

    Now if only you could have spoken out against giving money to greedy assholes before the vote on the tax bill John.

  • Jay Silversmith

    Obviously, don the con has WAY TOO MUCH time on his hands.

    • TuuxKabin

      And this will probably be another non-event as a few other announcements for more attention grabbing have been.

    • Reality.Bites

      McCain too, but that’s being fixed.

  • FAEN


    • SDG


    • leastyebejudged

      But he had brain cancer when he did it….

      At least he’s got an excuse !

      • ted-

        The whole country is sick by this cancer in the WH.

  • leastyebejudged

    Still not forgiving Angry Grampy for unleashing the Palin on the country.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    If only McCain had found moral high ground when McConnell was highjacking Obama’s rightful Supreme Court nomination.

    • Mark McGovern

      You know what, I get what you are saying, and I agree; but still I will take what we get. The more he is criticized or even partially criticized by his own party (if in fact he has a party) the better.

      • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

        Oh, I’m glad he’s speaking out against Trump, and will take it too. But I get tired of Republicans thinking all this nastiness began with Trump. It didn’t. The Supreme Court theft happened pre-Trump, and McCain abetted it.

    • JCF

      “If only McCain had found moral high ground when…”

      That’s a lengthy list (just slightly shorter than your average Senate Rethug).

  • Treant

    Shut up and…well, I won’t say it, but I’m sure thinking it.

    • Tawreos

      …and tell Sarah Palin and her brood to go back to obscurity and stay there this time?

    • CB

      “Elvira Gulch, for 30 years, I’ve wanted to tell you what I think of you. And now… Well, being a Christian woman, I can’t.”

      • CB, I’m afraid I have to give you two demerits on your Gay Card
        It’s Almira Gulch

  • Michael White

    Die already.

  • BeaverTales

    He probably isn’t running again when his term ends, so he is being honest about what he really thinks, and he’s showing himself to be a moderate.

    • Tawreos

      In words only, outside of the healthcare vote he still does what he is told.

      • BeaverTales

        He’s not a democrat, so he won’t do what the dems tell him to do. He resisted the first version of the repeal, as did other moderate GOP, like Murkowski and Collins.

        • Tawreos

          He is still told what to do by McConnell and he mostly does it. What he is doing by opposing Trump is trying to save his legacy

          • BeaverTales

            By that definition, they all do as they are told by their party leadership, USUALLY unless their constituency disagrees with the party on a particular issue.

    • Natty Enquirer

      And a coward, if it takes the threat of death for him to tell the truth.

    • leastyebejudged

      In the end he’s still a rep for his jurisdiction, and they’re the ones most to blame.

    • The_Wretched

      That’s great and all, and I was happy for his healthcare vote, but his record isn’t one I can endorse or call ‘moderate’.

      • BeaverTales

        Compared to the rest of the GOP, he’s moderate…Mainstream GOP is now composed of Trumpsters like Joni Ernst Ted Cruz, and their Deep South whackadoodle friends.

        • The_Wretched

          I hate using the shifted reference frame. I’m clinging dearly to a 1990’s idea of what’s right and left.

  • Mike

    McCain wants to have it both ways, to vote with Trump and his fellow scumbag Republicans to destroy everything, AND he wants credit for opposing Trump and his fellow scumbag Republicans. It’s the same old McCain, a man who started out with honor and integrity, but ditched them ages ago. You don’t win elections as a Republican with honor or integrity, and they don’t pay for campaign ads.

    • Adam Stevens

      Never forget, McCain voted against MLK Jr. Day.

      He showed us who he is way back in 1983, and I believe him.

      • leastyebejudged

        I did not know that, now I’m curious who else voted against it…

        • leastyebejudged

          “Jim Jeffords of Vermont, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, Larry Craig of Idaho and Phil Gramm of Texas.”

          The usual douchebags !

      • Gerry Fisher

        That whole “maverick” thing? Not much behind the branding. (Even more so for Collins.)

      • TuuxKabin

        Should have stomped that snake when it slithered in the door.

    • olandp

      When exactly did he have honor and integrity? When he graduated at the bottom of his class at Annapolis? When he crashed all those planes?

  • Tawreos

    OT: Democrats score a victory in state senate contest in WI. In a district Trump easily won.

  • That_Looks_Delicious
    • Treant

      Probably. And from the article, yes, he does show most signs of it. But honestly? You can’t diagnose somebody at a distance.

      • leastyebejudged

        Well, you CAN, if you want to sell them meds for their factitious disorder.

      • Todd20036

        I can tell from a distance Trump is medically obese.

        • TuuxKabin

          From a disco as well . . . ‘gawd is mocking us, gawd is mocking us, from a disco . . .’

          • Joe in PA

            Groan… 🙂

          • TuuxKabin

            Oh go pick those dingleberries and burrs, and stuff off that lil’ darling schnauzer of yo’s.

    • leastyebejudged

      Probably, but this is the same “Doctor” that was outspoken against the dangers of weed for so many years. I’ll take his remarks about a patient he’s never examined to be just as useful as his previous ones about marijuana.

    • Tomcat

      Nothing like reheated McDonald’s food, NOTHING. Yuk.

      • TominDC

        Salted cardboard?

        • MBear

          Soaked in lard

    • Natty Enquirer

      Publicity stunt. SOS from Gupta.

    • Joe in PA

      But but … I thought he is going to live to be 200??

    • stevenj

      trump has a heart?

  • Tomcat

    Speaking of repressive regimes, trump still has not enacted the latest sanctions on Russia congress passed into law. This is blatant disregard for American law.

  • Boreal

    Well duh, Johnnyboy but you still voted for him and for his policies.

  • Friday

    No shit.

    • leastyebejudged

      Pas de merde

      it’s just so much more classy in French !

  • Todd20036

    Shut up you hypocritical coward. You were ok with usurping Obama’s right to chose a SCOTUS nominee. You were ok with electing a kiddie fucking, fraudulent, narcissistic racist who directly besmirched you for being a POW.
    Just go away and die quietly already. You have no more respect from anyone, even if you did refuse to vote away Obamacare.

    • -M-

      I prefer he dies railing against the evil idiots he enabled. He might as well do something productive for the country he screwed over.

  • Texndoc

    Is McCain in DC or is he in Arizona? I was under the impression that as he didn’t make it back for the tax vote that he was basically in hospice in his home state. I would be surprised if “he” is writing anything these days.

  • Love how republicans grow a spine when they are ending their careers. Perhaps some other republicans will notice and wake up.

  • Macbill

    We need a “Fake President” award. Guess who’d win?

    • Todd20036

      Trump could beat out a cardboard cutout of Obama since even a picture of Obama is more presidential than BLOTUS

  • bsinps

    Why doesn’t he keep the award for himself? That would be more appropriate!

  • MBear

    Hey McCain: you built this. This is your legacy. Now go die in peace knowing you fkd the world.

    • TexasBoy

      I don’t wish McCain harm…yes, he released the idiocy of Sarah Palin on the US…but he absolutely hates Trump…The enemy of my enemy may not exactly be our friend, but he’s better than nothin’, especially since he has a GOP seat. 😉

      • -M-

        Yes. He helped get us here, but let him do what little he will to help undo it.

  • Ben in Oakland

    McCain, whose VP pick Continually derided the lame stream media, is now complaining.

  • BobSF_94117

    So, they’re not letting Fox compete, sort of like how the Olympics doesn’t allow professionals…

  • JWC

    Good piece but with John McCain its too little to late

  • -M-

    Cover for repressive regimes, such as the Republicans.