(National Sentinel) Trade: This is something we never thought we’d see, given their close friendship, but there is a schism that has developed between GOP Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Seems like they disagree over how most Americans feel regarding the trade deals that POTUS Trump’s predecessors made with our ‘allies’ — deals that bled manufacturing and other jobs from our country by the millions over the past three decades.
On Saturday, as a means of undercutting POTUS, McCain claimed in a tweet that “bipartisan majorities” of Americans worship at the altar of ‘free trade.’
“To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values. Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t,” he tweeted.
To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values. Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) June 10, 2018
During an appearance Sunday on ABC News‘ “This Week,” Graham said he wasn’t so sure that’s accurate.
“I’m not so sure John’s right about where America is on trade,” Graham said.
“The Bernie Sanders element of the Democratic Party doesn’t stand for free trade. Hillary Clinton said she would get out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership if she had become president,” he continued.
“There is a movement in our party that Trump’s seized that got him the nomination, and eventually became president of the United States.
“So I’m not so sure a majority of Americans believe that globalization and free trade is in our interests,” he added.
Neither are we.
McCain remains ticked off at Trump over POTUS’ ill-conceived attacks on him regarding his time spent as a POW in Vietnam. We get it.
But two things.
McCain’s anger is clouding his judgment; Trump won because he broke down the “Blue Wall” in formerly industrialized states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin where job losses have been massive as a result of globalist trade deals like NAFTA. Getting those jobs back and putting American workers’ interests first (for a change) formed the basis of his “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.
Two, McCain knows that politics is a blood sport. He needs to put his big boy pants on and stop pretending like he’s still so offended by a president who is doing good things for our country (including McCain’s constituents in Arizona).
There is also this: Had McCain been successful when he ran for president in 2008, how would he feel about prominent Republican lawmakers sniping at him from the sidelines as he tried to negotiate better deals for America on the world stage?
Anger and hypocrisy form to make lousy politics. We agree with Graham; McCain isn’t helping his cause with this constant Trump hate.
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