For Donald Trump, Senator John McCain Now Supports Torture
Just a few months ago, Senator Lindsey Graham warned that, “I think Donald Trump is all-over-the-board crazy,” and called Trump’s ideas “demagoguery”, and declared that Trump, “can’t bring this country together.” Yesterday, Graham was said to have changed that position, and to be privately urging Republican politicians to support Donald Trump. Graham quickly came out and publicly denounced the rumors of a change of heart, however, saying, “You vote the way you want to vote for president. I’ve decided to take a pass on that race.”
Such consistency is a welcome surprise in the Republican Party this year, which has seen many of its leaders swerve from declaration that they would never ever ever support Donald Trump, to now ever ever ever supporting Trump.
Rick Perry once called Donald Trump a political “cancer” who was, “propelled by anger, and appealing to the worst instincts in the human condition.” Now, Rick Perry is telling Americans that they ought to vote for Trump, out of loyalty to the Republican Party.
Bobby Jindal once called Donald Trump an “egomaniacal madman”, but now endorses Trump for President. Apparently, Jindal now thinks that egomaniacal madmen are totally okay.
Supporting Donald Trump means that many longtime politicians are having to reverse political positions that once seemed steady and heartfelt. Senator John McCain is one of these.
John McCain once made a big show of opposing torture. He was tortured when he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and could never endorse its use by the United States.
Donald Trump doesn’t just endorse torture. He’s enthusiastic about torture. Donald Trump says, “Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would. In a heartbeat. I would approve more than that… Even if it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway!”
“Don’t tell me it doesn’t work. Torture works!” Donald Trump says. “I would absolutely would approve something beyond water boarding.”
So how has John McCain reacted to Donald Trump’s repeated and eager support for torture and other war crimes? “I’m not one to tell him how to campaign,” McCain says. “You have to listen to people that have chosen the nominee of our Republican Party.”
An endorsement of Donald Trump is an endorsement of torture.
Congratulations on the acceptance of your application to the Dark Side, Senator McCain.