‘Patriot or warmonger?’ McCain’s track record comes under public scrutiny
Following the announcement of 81-year-old John McCain’s death, the public took to social media to express their condolences and share mixed feelings about the Republican’s life and deeds. Amid an endless outpouring of sympathies for the McCain family, some chose to challenge the massive praise McCain received posthumously.
In his 36 years of service in Congress, McCain had acquired a reputation as a maverick Republican who was not shy about throwing American troops in harm's way. Over the years, McCain advocated for military intervention in a number of countries including Bosnia, Kosovo, Georgia, North Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, and Mali.
When John McCain ran for President in 2008, the media called him sick in the head, unfit for office, and a white supremacist.— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) August 26, 2018
Now they all pretend to care about him, it's a fake and sick game by sociopaths, they destroy a man when he opposes Democrats. Now they love him!
The entire establishment is in agreement that Mccain was a hero. Meanwhile almost every single conservative rightly abhors him for a multitude of reason such as helping the FBI frame Dt as a Russian agent, arming radical Islamists, asking the IRS to ruin conservatives etc etc— Lawrence Polyakov (@Larrypolya22) August 26, 2018
This is a map from 2013 of the many countries where unrepentant warmonger John McCain had called for US military intervention:— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) August 26, 2018
- North Korea
- China https://t.co/TWcX2RSNYupic.twitter.com/RsCXLDrV5Y
McCain also adamantly lobbied against Russia and China – policies which some Twitter users found confrontational and potentially disastrous.
I have no sympathy to #McCain and he was no hero. War criminal yes. The guy was responsible for hundreds of AMERICANS deaths in Vietnam, giving up American positions while captured. #traitor#liberal oh and I served my country honorably don’t@ me if you have your thong on reverse— Mike_L (@M_OsO331) August 26, 2018
John McCain Dead at 81. RINO. War Hero, but War Monger. Worked with Hillary and Obama to Create ISIS. Somewhere he lost his way and gave himself over to the Globalist. These were his real friends in the photo. #JohnMcCain#Globalist#WarMongerpic.twitter.com/84YZizpW67— Jason Herron (@JasonHerron1776) August 26, 2018
Calling him a ‘warmonger,’ some users recalled McCain’s rendezvous with Syrian militants and even accused him of conspiring “with Hillary and Obama to create ISIS.” Others directly accused the deceased senator of pursuing his ideals at the cost of entire nations and wanting “to wipe Syria, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, and Vietnam off the map.”
If you are a non-interventionist, you should already know that McCain was a war monger, in the pocket of military industrial complex and is responsible for hundreds of thousands of dead. He meddled for war in the Middle East and Ukraine. He was an evil, entitled, heartless man.— #BernierNation 🇨🇦 (@Gus_the_Weim) August 26, 2018
Oh god bless John McCain. His only crime was wanting to wipe Syria, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, and Vietnam of the map. God bless the man who unapologetically championed for the slaughter of entire nation's but yeah the people who are glad he's dead are the real assholes— Solidaridad Comrade (@StienYoGirl) August 26, 2018
“If you are a non-interventionist, you should already know that McCain was a war monger, in the pocket of military industrial complex and is responsible for hundreds of thousands of dead. He meddled for war in the Middle East and Ukraine. He was an evil, entitled, heartless man,” one user tweeted.
Amid the torrent of praise from acting and former politicians as well as public figures, some people claimed that, while McCain was a useful “tool” of the GOP, his public image and policies nonetheless tarnished the entire Republican party’s reputation.
can't wait til I'm dead so no one will be allowed to speak ill of the terrible shit i did while i was alive anymore— maura quint (@behindyourback) August 26, 2018
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