Senator John McCain must have some deep hidden and emotional dislike toward President Donald Trump, which the mainstream media have not been able to uncover yet (not that the mainstream media would care), for Senator McCain to show so much hate against President Trump. McCain’s profound dislike for President Trump is so visible that it makes us believe there is something drastic between them.
McCain has not agreed with even one decision of Donald Trump. Barack Obama shoved his “Obamacare” upon us and McCain never offered one single complaint.
Now, thanks to John McCain, Trump’s heathcare is in limbo.
During the presidential election of 2000, McCain was the main challenger to Texas Governor George W. Bush. He had to withdraw from the race when Bush was practically pushing him to the side in almost every state. Apparently, there was no resentment or dislike toward Bush when a couple of months later McCain endorsed Bush and even spoke on his behalf during some events.
John McCain was the Republican nominee in the 2008 presidential election, which he lost to Barack Obama, but he never showed any dislike or disappointment toward Obama.
Now Senator John McCain blasted President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon former Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and explained his views on the full pardon through a statement from his office.
“No one is above the law and the individuals entrusted with the privilege of being sworn law officers should always seek to be beyond reproach in their commitment to fairly enforcing the laws they swore to uphold. Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge’s orders,” said the statement from McCain.
Senator McCain also said Trump had the power to grant the pardon, “but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law.”
Sheriff Arpaio was only enforcing the immigration laws in our law books from many years back, but apparently the good senator believes the rule of law is only for a few.
I wonder where Sen. McCain was when Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning — or whatever her name was before the government paid for his/her sex change — the ex-military intelligence analyst who passed classified files to WikiLeaks, putting in danger not only the lives of the Latinos Sen. McCain wants so emphatically to defend, but the lives of American citizens.
At the time Sen. McCain’s office did not release any statement blasting then president Obama. As Sen. McCain said, “No one is above the law.”
And because no one is above the law, I also wonder where McCain was when Obama ordered the release of domestic terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera.
In 1981 Lopez Rivera was sentenced to 55 years for conspiracy, armed robbery, interstate transportation of firearms and conspiracy to transport explosives with intent to destroy government property. Lopez Rivera’s indictment listed 28 Chicago-area bombings, some of which caused major injuries to American citizens.
If Sen. McCain wants to discuss the terms of the rule of law he also needs to understand that when a government official acts pursuant to an expressed provision of a written law, he acts within the rule of law, which was what Sheriff Arpaio was doing; but if Sen. McCain wants to apply the law according to some people’s convenience, we have no choice but to wonder if in fact no one is above the law, except the ones who march, protest, and demonstrate against the government and the president and with the blessings of certain lawmakers.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.