McCain’s Washington Post Op-Ed Is Going to Make Trump Mad

By on September 4, 2017
MESA, AZ - JUNE 4: Senator John McCain (R - AZ) appears at a town hall meeting on June 4, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. PHOTO CREDIT:Christopher Halloran/Shutterstock

On August 31, Senator John McCain wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post criticizing the culture in Congress.

In short, McCain issued a call to the members of Congress to refocus their priorities and work together to fulfill their most basic duty: serving the American people. He openly acknowledges that Trump is a president who “has no experience of public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct.”

He further stressed that, in order to get anything done, we must move away from an environment where the party in power is one which imposes its will and the minority does all it can to prevent things from being done. Congress exists to serve the American people, not to pander to the President’s latest whims and threats.

Mccain went on to say that it is Congress’s job to put a check on Trump’s power. Where possible, it should seek to cooperate with him, but McCain exhorted his fellow members of Congress to remember that their duty is to, first and foremost, serve the American people.

As members of Congress, they “should value [their] identity as members of Congress more than [their] partisan affiliation.”

Part and parcel of that duty is to meet in the middle. Senator John McCain argues that both Republicans and Democrats must reach across the aisle to debate and compromise when trying to address the issues affecting all Americans. While neither may like the potential outcome of these discussions, it is crucial to our democratic process.

Finally, Senator John McCain countered the President’s assertions about the border wall when he stated that a literal wall is not the most effective way to ensure border security. He further ruffled far right feathers when he wrote of finding a solution to immigration reform which addresses both the need for border security as well as the “humanity of immigrants and their contributions to our economy and culture.”

Personally, my heart is heavy with the knowledge that Senator Mccain’s words may fall on deaf ears. Though his points are eloquently stated and his logic is sound, I’m afraid that our President, in addition to running our country, serves to set the tone for our political discourse. Unfortunately, as long as Trump is in office, he will continue to chart a course of division and partisan politics – or, whatever feeds his ego and brand.