Senator John McCain, a Republican Party elder who ran against Barack Obama in 2008, decried Tuesday the contest for his party’s presidential nomination that at times has devolved into childish taunts.
McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said it was “disturbing” that candidates are trading personal insults instead of discussing matters of substance.
His comments came after General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe, gave a sobering assessment of Russian aggression and the spiraling Syrian migrant crisis.
“I wish that every American could have heard your testimony today. Maybe we would have a presidential campaign that doesn’t focus on the size of people’s ears and whether they sweat or not,” McCain said.
He was referring to some of the latest personal barbs traded between Donald Trump and Marco Rubio, after Trump said Rubio had “really large ears” and mocked him for sweating.
For his part, Rubio has insinuated that Trump might have wet himself during a debate, and drawn attention to the billionaire’s “small hands” and his seemingly fake tan.
“It’s disturbing,” McCain said. “I wish every American could hear your assessment of the situation and maybe we would focus on some of these issues.”
Americans were voting Tuesday in a pivotal day of nomination contests.
Trump is leading the Republicans and Hillary Clinton is the Democratic frontrunner.
Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson send anti-trans signals to Trump’s evangelical base
While Trump grabs headlines, his Cabinet members quietly use transphobia to shore up white evangelical support
The white evangelical vote is almost certainly a lock for Donald Trump in 2020, but it appears the president is taking no chances of losing this critical voting block. One major part of that strategy appears to be quietly deploying his Cabinet members, especially those associated with the Christian right, to generate stories highlighting the Trump administration's overt bigotry toward trans people, and its eagerness to deprive trans Americans of basic rights.
Just this week, both Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson snagged coverage by making community visits that were ostensibly for noble purposes, but were clearly meant to signal to Christian right voters their hostility to trans rights.
Intelligence official directly contradicts Trump administration’s excuses for suppressing whistleblower
A top official in the intelligence community has disputed the factual basis for the Trump administration’s suppression of a whistleblower complaint believed to regard the potential misconduct of the president himself, a new letter released Thursday revealed.
The letter was made public by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). He is locked into a fierce and potentially explosive dispute with an array of forces within the administration to obtain the complaint, which was made through proper channels by an intelligence official last month to the community’s inspector general. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was “credible” and “urgent,” and subsequent reporting from the Washington Post found that it concerns a “promise” made by Trump in communication with a foreign leader.
Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas
Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.
Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.
When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.