One of these instances was following Trump’s disastrous press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
After Trump sided with Putin over his own intelligence agencies as to whether Russia attempted to influence the 2016 election, McCain accused the president of abasing himself “abjectly before a tyrant.”
Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.
Even before Trump’s election, McCain accused him of “firing up the crazies” with his belligerent stances on immigration.
If Twitter is any indication, it appears one of McCain’s lasting legacies will be his moral superiority to the current president.
Once again by rejecting a White House statement mourning the loss of a true American patriot, John McCain, Donald Trump continues to wear the mantle of “despicable human being” and the most morally bankrupt person ever to occupy the Oval Office.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) August 27, 2018
I am proud to be a 25 year member of the American Legion, thank you National Commander Denise Rohan for standing up for what is right once more and shaming Trump into lowering the flag for a hero. It saddens me that the antithesis of John McCain now sits in the white house.
— Lee Sweetapple (@Eclectic_Lee_S) August 27, 2018
Trump knows that even though McCain was never elected president, McCain was infinitely more presidential than Trump will ever be. And more respected #lowertheflag
— Tom Rice (@FearTheUnread) August 27, 2018
— Sleeptch22 (@Sleeptch22) August 27, 2018
While McCain has left this earth, his spirit will be remembered warmly by many. However, with acts of pettiness like this, the same may not be said of Trump.