John McCain Takes Final Jab at Donald Trump from the Grave

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On Saturday afternoon, over a year since he was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, John McCain died at the age of 81.

In the wake of his passing, notes of sorrow, admiration and consolation poured in from across the political spectrum, as perhaps no Senator has ever been more widely respected than McCain, a former prisoner of war.

But there was one person who was noticably absent from this wave of heartelt mourning...

John McCain Winks

... President Donald Trump.

The Commander-in-Chief reportedly nixed a proposal by The White House to issue a lengthy statement after McCain's death, one that ran through his impressive list of accomplishments and referred to him as a "hero."

(Trump has famously quipped on more than one occasion that McCain is not a hero because he was got captured in battle.)

Instead, the President simply Tweeted the following:

"My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!"

Some might say this was enough; others might say Trump didn't mention a single word about the man himself.

Donald J. Trump

At various times throughout the campaign trail over the past several months, Trump had also taken shots at McCain for casting the vote last summer that denied Republicans the chance to repeal Obamacare.

He encouraged crowds to boo a veteran and a politician who was dying of cancer.

On Monday morning, however, McCain got the final word in when it comes to this ongoing feud with the President.

In a moving tribute to America and its citizens, which was read to the public close friend Rick Davis, McCain pretty clearly took a number of jabs at everything Trump stands for.

Take this section, for instance:

We weaken [America] 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

John McCain: A Snapshot

Or this section:

We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe.

These seems like obvious statements, we know.

It says something about Trump and his administration that nearly EVERYone who had read these excerpts interpret them as a direct rebuke of the White House.

Davis foughts back tears as he read the final words of McCain.

And, out of respect for the late Senator and all he accomplished, we are simply going to transcribe them below.

mccain states

May John McCain rest in peace.

My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for sixty years, and especially my fellow Arizonans

Thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office has allowed me to lead. I have tried to serve our country honorably. I have made mistakes, but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them.

I have often observed that I am the luckiest person on earth. I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life. I have loved my life, all of it. I have had experiences, adventures and friendships enough for ten satisfying lives, and I am so thankful.

Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not trade a day of my life, in good or bad times, for the best day of anyone else’s.

I owe that satisfaction to the love of my family. No man ever had a more loving wife or children he was prouder of than I am of mine. And I owe it to America.

To be connected to America’s causes — liberty, equal justice, respect for the dignity of all people — brings happiness more sublime than life’s fleeting pleasures.

Our identities and sense of worth are not circumscribed but enlarged by serving good causes bigger than ourselves.

'Fellow Americans' — that association has meant more to me than any other. I lived and died a proud American. We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil.

We are blessed and are a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world. We have helped liberate more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history.

We have acquired great wealth and power in the process.

We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal 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 three-hundred-and-twenty-five million opinionated, vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates.

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 will get through these challenging times.

We will come through them stronger than before. We always do.

Ten years ago, I had the privilege to concede defeat in the election for president. I want to end my farewell to you with the heartfelt faith in Americans that I felt so powerfully that evening.

I feel it powerfully still.

Do not despair of our present difficulties but 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.

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