Senator John McCain, who passed away after a battle with brain cancer over the weekend, took one last jab at President Trump in a farewell statement read by his longtime aide, Rick Davis.
I have great respect for those who rise above expectations of party to act in the best interest of the people. Let the powerful last statement of #JohnMcCain remind us all that we are one America. pic.twitter.com/CrFv0YyXvn
— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) August 27, 2018
“I lived and died a proud American” McCain’s statement read in part. “We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic. A nation of ideals, not blood and soil. We are blessed and a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world.”
“We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been. We are 325 million opinionated, vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes vilify each other in our raucous public debates,” Senator McCain wrote.
“But, we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country, we’ll get through these challenging times.”
Senator McCain ended his farewell statement by saying, “Do not despair of our present difficulties, we believe always in the promise and greatness of America because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit, we never surrender, we never hide from history, we make history. Farewell fellow Americans. God bless you and God bless America.”