It’s been almost 14 months since Donald Trump entered the presidential race. No matter what Trump has said or done — from shameful personal attacks to racist outbursts — John McCain has blindly pledged to “support the nominee.” We count at least 48 separate times, including as recently as three days ago.
McCain’s best friend Sen. Lindsey Graham and Arizona’s Sen. Jeff Flake have both taken principled stands. They will NOT support Trump. Neither will fellow former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Even Sen. Ted Cruz won’t support Trump. But John McCain has clung to Trump’s side for political convenience.
However, last week we noticed McCain changed his phrasing. He stated, “I’m not ready to desert the nominee.”
This is the same John McCain who declared, “complete the danged fence” to get through his last primary and who now refuses to even consider comprehensive immigration reform because it’s an election year.
And this is the same McCain who once said the Citizens United decision would lead to “legalized bribery,” and who now has his own Super PAC while outside groups are spending millions to prop him up without rebuke from him.
We know that Senator McCain will do or say anything to any audience to hold onto his power. His hypocrisy knows no bounds.
So is McCain “not ready” because Trump hasn’t said something offensive enough yet? (Unlikely). Or “not ready” because McCain has a Republican primary election on August 30th? (Ding, ding).
In the same week McCain declared he “wasn’t ready to desert” his nominee, Caroline McCain said, “I’m with her.” And Meghan McCain tweeted, “The Republican Party I know is dead.” As the McCain family’s opposition to Trump builds it’s quite possible McCain is readying a post-primary plan to abandon the nominee.
Well, we have news for John McCain: It’s too late. McCain’s window to take a principled stand and abandon Trump has closed.There is no post-primary redemption for John McCain.
Not after he stuck with Trump while the Republican nominee demeaned women and immigrants, mocked a reporter with a disability, questioned a judge’s impartiality because of his Mexican heritage, threatened the safety of America’s allies, praised Saddam Hussein, proposed an unconstitutional ban on immigrants based on religious affiliation, made disgusting comments about a Gold Star family — and after he even insulted McCain’s own service to our nation.
Yet, McCain has still pledged to support Trump through it all in a desperate attempt to save his 33-year career in Washington. John McCain has put himself hand-in-hand with Donald Trump while abandoning his principles for political convenience. They’re heading to Election Day together.
And there is nothing John McCain can do about it.
MCCAIN HAS PLEDGED TO SUPPORT THE GOP NOMINEE AT LEAST 48 TIMES SINCE SEPTEMBER 2015
- July 29: “I said I would support the nominee of the party…” – KGUN 9
- July 27: “I’m not ready to desert [the nominee],” McCain told KFYI. – The Washington Times
- July 22: “McCain clarified that despite those disagreements, he has never made a personal attack against another politician, and that he was in favor of Trump winning the presidency.” – Kingman Daily Miner
- July 21: “I’ve always said I would support the nominee of my party and I have done that.” – U.S. Sen. John McCain, Kingman Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
- July 20: “I believe that what I have said about – that I support the nominee of the party – is sufficient.” – NPR
- July 18: When asked by a reporter, “Do you support Mr. Trump?” McCain responded, “Yes.” – eNewsAZ
- July 9: ““McCain, who, unlike Flake is up for re-election this year, said he will support the Republican nominee.” – Associated Press
- July 3: “As I’ve said, I would support the nominee of the party.” – CBS News’ Face The Nation
- June 17: “As John McCain has said, he will support the nominee of the Republican Party, who is now presumptively Donald Trump.” – McCain spokesperson Lorna Romero to the Havasu News-Herald
- June 2: “ ‘I will support the nominee,’ McCain said when asked if he would support GOP candidate Donald Trump. Asked a second time he said ‘I will support the nominee,’ without mentioning his name.” – Tucson News Now
- May 25: “I’ve said all along I would support the nominee.” – ABC Radio
- May 19: “I support the nominee.” – The Guardian
- May 12: “I feel, as a Republican and a longtime Reagan Republican, that I support the nominee of the party, and that’s what I’ve said all along.” – The Washington Post
- May 11: “I support the nominee.” – Foreign Policy
- May 8: “I have said all along that I would support the nominee of the party.” – CNN’s State of the Union
- May 6: “He said he would support Trump as the Republican nominee despite Trump’s history of bad-mouthing him. ‘Because I’m a proud Republican. I am a Ronald Reagan-Teddy Roosevelt Republican and I support the Republican Party,’ McCain said. ‘And the Republicans have chosen the nominee for the party. I think that makes sense.’ ” – The Arizona Republic
- May 5: “I’ve always said I’ll support the nominee of the party.” – U.S. Sen. John McCain, Campaign Nomination Petition Signature Filing
- May 5: Reporter: “Senator McCain he’s made horrible statements about you, Donald Trump has. I mean how could you cast a ballot for somebody who said terrible things about you?” McCain answered: “First of all he said that he doesn’t approve of people who get captured and I took exception to that. I said I would support the nominee of the party.” – U.S. Sen. John McCain, Campaign Nomination Petition Signature Filing
- May 5: “I’ve always said I would support the nominee of the party.” — Mac And Gaydos, KTAR Radio
- May 5: “I will support the nominee of the party.” – U.S. Sen. John McCain, Arizona Chamber of Commerce luncheon
- May 4: “As John McCain has said, he will support the nominee of the Republican Party, who is now presumptively Donald Trump.” – McCain campaign spokesperson Lorna Romero to Reuters
- April 19: McCain “reiterated that he will support the party’s eventual nominee, whomever it turns out to be.” – The Hill
- April 2: “He told the Green Valley crowd that when it comes to political discourse in the nation, ‘At first I was angry, now I’m just sad.’ But, yes, he’ll support the GOP nominee for president he told me, even if it’s Trump.” – Green Valley News
- March 23: “I’ve said many times that I will support the nominee of the party.” – CNN’s The Situation Room
- March 18: “I have to support the nominee of my party.” – Premiere Radio Networks’ Dan Patrick Show
- March 10: “McCain also said he agreed with the scathing critique of Trump that Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, delivered on March 3, and that he shared concerns about Trump’s ‘uninformed and indeed dangerous statements on national security issues.’ McCain continues, however, to say that he would support Trump if he becomes the GOP nominee.” – The Arizona Republic
- March 4: “I support the nominee of the Republican Party.” – KFYI’s The Mike Broomhead Show
- March 2: “I have to support the nominee of the party.” – Imus in the Morning
- March 2: “I intend to support the nominee of the party.” – Fox News Radio, Alan Colmes
- March 1: “Hello?! I said I support. The. Nominee!” – NPR
- February 29: “I’ll support the nominee of the party.” – PBS’ Arizona Horizon
- February 24: Radio host Bill Buckmaster asked McCain, “You have said that you would support whoever the Republican presidential nominee is. Are you having second thoughts about that? Could you ever foresee yourself not supporting the nominee?” McCain replied, “No my best service can be to the party and whoever the nominee is as President.” – KVOI’s The Buckmaster Show
- February 20: “I will support the nominee of the party and I want us to win once we settle on a candidate.” – U.S. Sen. John McCain, Fountain Hills Republican Club
- February 19: “I will support the nominee of the party.” – KFYI’s The Mike Broomhead Show
- February 18: “I will support the nominee of my party.” – Mujeres Unicas
- January 27: “I am supporting the nominee of the Republican Party… I’m supporting the nominee of the Republican Party.” – CNN’s The Situation Room
- January 22: “If he’s the nominee of the party I will support the nominee of the party.” – U.S. Sen. John McCain, Arizona Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
- January 14: “He said in an interview that he’d back the eventual nominee but ‘obviously (Trump) would not be my selection.’ ” — CNN
- January 12: CBS News’ Major Garrett asked, “Would you be willing to, at the appropriate time, endorse the Republican nominee, whoever it is?” McCain responded, “Sure.” Garrett replied, “Donald trump? Ted Cruz?” McCain said, “Yep. Yep.” Garrett followed up, “Because?” McCain said, “Because I’m a loyal Republican.” – CBS News
- January 4: “I would support the nominee unless I have a reason not to. I have to respect the process.” – Verde Independent
- December 28: McCain “said he will support whoever wins the race to be that GOP nominee, which is still led by Donald Trump.” – Yuma Sun
- December 18: “I will support the nominee of the party… I am a loyal Republican.” – The Washington Post
- December 2: “I will support the nominee of the Republican party.” – The Hill
- December 2: “McCain said he would support the GOP nominee, even if it turned out to be a candidate like real estate mogul Donald Trump.” – Roll Call
- November 19: “McCain told USA TODAY’s weekly video newsmaker series that if the 2016 choice next November turns out to be Trump versus Democrat Hillary Clinton, ‘I vote for the Republican nominee, obviously. I am a loyal Republican.’” – USA Today
- November 15: ABC 15’s Nick Ciletti: “You just said that you would support whoever the party’s nominee Is.” McCain said, “Sure I’m a loyal republican.” Ciletti confirmed, “Including Donald Trump? You would support him?” McCain replied, “Oh yeah. Oh yeah. I would support the nominee of the party…” – ABC 15
- September 28: “I would try to comfortable with anyone one of them who is the nominee who won a fair election… But a fair process and I’ll support whoever is [the nominee].” – MSNBC’s Morning Joe
- September 14: “I certainly would support the nominee, no matter who it is.”,’ said Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the 2008 GOP nominee whose war record and imprisonment in Vietnam were mocked over the summer by Trump.” – The Hill