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Roger Stone To John McCain ‘Karma about to get you and you will burn in hell for all eternity’

An ally and former adviser to President Donald Trump is threatening cancer-stricken Senator John McCain with eternal damnation on Saturday after the Arizona Republican criticized the controversial decision to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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‘Karma about to get you, @SenJohnMcCain and you will burn in hell for all eternity,’ Roger Stone tweeted on Saturday.

The Daily Mail reports,

McCain lashed out at Trump’s pardoning of Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who was found guilty of criminal contempt after illegally targeting Latinos.

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The 80-year-old Republican Senator accused the president of undermining the rule of law in his statement.

‘@POTUS’s pardon of Joe Arpaio, who illegally profiled Latinos, undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law,’ McCain posted to Twitter.

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Stone is known for his harsh demeanor and abrasive criticisms of people he does not see eye-to-eye with politically.

Stone’s tweet will likely be met with fury from the senator’s friends and family, particularly since McCain is currently undergoing treatment of an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma.

Trump tweeted out the news that he had decided to pardon the the 85-year-old Friday night, writing: ‘Arpaio’s life and career, which began at the age of 18 when he enlisted in the military after the outbreak of the Korean War, exemplify selfless public service.

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‘Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration.

‘Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.’

John McCain Doesn't Like What Trump Just Did

By Jim Greenhill from Arlington and Durango
Senator John McCain of Arizona issued a statement attacking President Donald J. Trump over his pardon of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

In the statement, McCain said: ” “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.”

“The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions,” McCain continued.

Senator McCain and President Trump have always had a rocky relationship which reached its peak a few weeks ago when McCain was the deciding vote on Obamacare repeal. McCain’s vote stopped congressional Republicans and President Trump from repealing the healthcare bill.

Read more at http://trumptrainnews.com/articles/john-mccain-doesn-t-like-what-trump-just-did#mclTPboD0PyzgVJe.99

Turncoat McCain Finds YET ANOTHER Reason to Lambast POTUS

by Andrew West

While President Trump has many a thorn in his proverbial side at the moment, none has been more ornery in Congress than Senator John McCain.

McCain, who is often touted as a “war hero” despite eyewitness testimony to the contrary, has been an adversary of Donald Trump and a number of other conservative politicians for ages.  The long-time senator from Arizona has been at odds with his republican party for as long as anyone has known him, including during the latest push to reform healthcare – taking an irresponsible opportunity to vote against the repeal of Obamacare at the last minute, despite the American people’s overwhelming desire to see the faulty legislation destroyed.

Now his vocal violations of the nation’s trust are taking an even uglier turn after the much-anticipated pardoning of Sheriff Joe Arpaio by President Donald Trump.

“But the president also heard criticism from lawmakers in his own party. Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, frequently a thorn in Trump’s side, was among the most vocal critics. Trump pardoning the sheriff ‘undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law,’ McCain tweeted.”

McCain’s insubordinate and nearly treasonous betrayal of We The People’s wishes was echoed by a number of media outlets as well.

“The Arizona Republic, the largest newspaper in Arpaio’s home state, denounced the pardon, saying it placed the former sheriff in ‘the pantheon of those who see institutional racism as something that made America great.’

“The pardon ‘elevated the disgraced former Maricopa County sheriff to monument status among the immigration hardliners and nationalists in Trump’s base,’ wrote the editorial board. ‘This erases any doubt about whether Trump meant to empower them after the violence in Charlottesville.’

“The newspaper’s editorial board has been critical of Trump before. Last year, it backed Hillary Clinton in the general election, the first time it endorsed a Democrat for president during the paper’s 125-plus-year history.”

The Republic’s unbelievably irresponsible editorial has emboldened the violent, radical left in America, who have taken to the streets in increasing frequency over the course of the last few weeks.

Should these sort of provocative and incendiary statements continue to make the rounds in the liberal media, there is a sincere worry among conservatives that the left will finally get the New Civil War that they have been pining for.

 

THANKS FOR NOTHING JOHN McCAIN

In the early morning hours of July 28, 2017, Sen. John McCain cemented his legacy as an enemy of American conservatism with his vote against the “skinny repeal” of Obamacare, thus likely tanking the one and only chance Republicans will ever have of ridding the nation of this burdensome, socialist form of government-sponsored healthcare. Thanks to McCain (with a special shout out to Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Maine’s Susan Collins), millions of Americans will continue to be forced to buy health insurance they don’t want, thousands of business owners will continue to struggle to meet an unacceptable federal mandate, and the government itself will continue to grow and grow and grow…

Of course, why should anyone be surprised at McCain’s betrayal? Not only did he signal his last-minute, backstabbing vote with his sanctimonious “Why can’t we all just get along” speech earlier in the week, he’s made a career for himself voting against the interests of the American people. Oh, he can talk a good game when there’s no pressure, but when it comes to his legislative legacy, he’s been one of the most effective liberals in the Senate for a long time. Who needs Democrats when you have Republicans like John McCain?

On the other hand, let’s be realistic about what this was. Republicans did NOT want this bill to become law. If McCain had voted yes, someone else would have voted no. It would have probably been Dean Heller of Nevada, but there are a few others who might have been willing to be the “patsy.” As it was, McCain gave cover to the other cowardly Republicans who can now go home and say, “Hey, I voted for it, y’all.” When really, they only did so because they knew it was safe. This was a show. What we don’t know is when it stopped being about repealing Obamacare and started being about pandering to the right. This week? This year? Or has it always been this from the very beginning?

Retaining Obamacare doesn’t just have its own ramifications for healthcare and the economy, it also makes it very difficult for the Senate to pass any form of truly revolutionary tax reform in the fall. Without the adequate reductions in Medicaid spending, Mitch McConnell’s going to find it hard to reduce the deficit enough to pass tax reform through the budget reconciliation process. That means they’ll have to bring in Democrat votes, and that means they may as well not even bother. Democrats aren’t interested in working with the GOP right now, and it’s hard to imagine they would ever vote for tax reductions in the first place. With the failure of Obamacare repeal, Republicans may be staring at more than a year’s worth of legislative inaction.

Which means many voters are going to start wondering (again) why they even bothered to come out to the polls last November.

Former Top Democrats Helped Influence McCain’s Obamacare Repeal Vote

by Brian McKim

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whose “no” vote early Friday morning on legislation that would have repealed parts of Obamacare drew gasps of shock in the Senate chamber, was the object of a “full-court press” from two former Senate colleagues prior to the vote, according to The Washington Post.

Retired Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman and former Vice President Joe Biden, both longtime friends of the Arizona senator, each called McCain to urge him to vote against the bill.

Biden had a reportedly “emotional discussion” with McCain. Biden’s son Beau received the same brain cancer diagnosis as McCain, then died two years later.

In an article published in The Washington Post July 17, Biden said the United States had “finally decided, as a nation, that health care is a right for all and not a privilege for the few.” He added that the attempt by Republicans to roll back the ACA was “enough to make your blood boil.”

Meanwhile, the independent-minded Lieberman, the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000, often sided with McCain on foreign policy issues when he was in the Senate, but supported Obamacare.

“I encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to trust each other, stop the political gamesmanship and put the health care needs of the American people first,” McCain said after the vote. “We can do this.”

McCain’s vote was hailed by many as historic, with CBS Newscalling it “one of the most dramatic moments in recent legislative history.”

Two other Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, also voted against the measure.

A vote on the Obamacare repeal had been delayed earlier in the session by McCain’s health problems. After undergoing a procedure to remove a blood clot above his left eye, McCain was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor known as a primary glioblastoma.

In a July 25 letter to the editor published in The New York Times, Dr. Jeffery Freedman, a psychiatrist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, suggested that McCain and Biden team up to fight cancer and to make state-of-the-art cancer treatment available to all Americans.

“It would be wonderful if allocation of greater resources for health care can be one of Mr. McCain’s legacies,” he wrote.

In 2008, CNN reported that Biden’s medical records show that he was treated for two brain aneurysms in 1988, just months after giving up on his presidential bid.

What McCain Did Right Before Saving Obamacare Will Make Your Skin Crawl

The latest bid by Republicans to fulfill the oft-repeated promise to repeal Obamacare — the stripped down, so-called “skinny repeal” bill — went down in flames early Friday morning, shot down by former Navy pilot and Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain.

It was expected that moderate GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska would join with Democrats in voting against repeal, but McCain’s “No” vote came as a total surprise to almost everyone.

“Almost” being the key word, as it appears that a few top Democrats received advanced notice from McCain about how he intended to vote, at least according to the detailed play-by-play account of the late night event on the Senate floor by The Washington Post reporter Ed O’Keefe.

McCain had signaled earlier Thursday that he was leaning against repeal, but talks with fellow GOP senators and Vice President Mike Pence — brought in for an expected tie breaker vote — seemed to reassure everyone that he would ultimately be on board with the motion.

However, McCain refused to say one way or another how he planned to vote, telling reporters only to “Wait for the show,” and proceeded onto the Senate floor ahead of the vote.

It was then that the long-serving senator was spotted speaking with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a conversation that left the Democrat leader smiling. Schumer later stated, “I knew it when he walked on the floor,” and revealed that McCain had called him earlier to let him know his plan.

After everyone had voted, McCain walked to the front of the chamber and gave the Senate clerk another thumbs down gesture as he loudly proclaimed “No” to audible gasps from the rest of the people gathered in the chamber.

In the end, the repeal effort was defeated 51-49, thanks to McCain’s vote that essentially saved Obamacare, at least for the time being.

According to the Independent Journal Review, McCain released a statement after the vote explaining why he had chosen to kill the repeal effort.

“While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens,” he said. “I’ve stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict party-line basis without a single Republican vote. We should not make the mistakes of the past.”

John McCain is and always will be an American hero due to the things he has done and endured in the past, but right about now he isn’t particularly popular with many Republicans, as he has increasingly displayed his RINO-like tendencies.

If he doesn’t just go ahead and retire, he may consider switching over to officially join the Democrats, since that appears to be where his loyalties currently lie.

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Behind Legislative Collapse: An Angry Vow Fizzles for Lack of a Viable Plan - McCain Sticks it to Trump

Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina spoke at a press conference on Thursday.

The closing argument was a curious one: Vote yes, Republican leaders told the holdouts in their conference. We promise it will never become law.

After seven years of railing against the evils of the Affordable Care Act, the party had winnowed its hopes of dismantling it down to a menu of options to appease recalcitrant lawmakers — with no more pretenses of lofty policy making, only a realpolitik plea to keep the legislation churning through the Capitol by voting to advance something, anything.

They ended up with nothing.

By the early morning hours of Friday, the animating force of contemporary Republican politics lay in ashes, incinerated by three Republican senators — John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. But the spark can be traced back to the hot summer of 2009, and to Winterset, Iowa.

It was there, and at town hall forums that tested fire marshals’ collective patience across the country, that the Republican rage ignited in earnest. Senator Charles E. Grassley, the state’s senior senator, was scorched after protracted negotiations with Democrats on what would become the Affordable Care Act. He peeled away, other Republicans followed, and Democrats were left to pass the health law on their own.

The anger persisted. Cohesive policy never came.

“You had 300 to 700 people and one time 900 people” at the town halls of 2009, Mr. Grassley recalled in an interview on the history of the Affordable Care Act. “We had to hold the town meetings outdoors, and the audience, I never had that sort of anger.”

In Winterset, Mr. Grassley fanned the flames about so-called death panels, saying, “You have every right to fear.”

“We should not have a government program that determines you’re going to pull the plug on Grandma,” Mr. Grassley said then.

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Senator Susan Collins of Maine provided one of the three Republican “no” votes that doomed the effort to kill the health care law. CreditGabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

The election of Mr. Trump was supposed to be the unlikely answer to a seven-year question for Republicans: how to make good on their agenda-defining oath to undo President Barack Obama’s signature achievement.

But if the death knell came with Mr. McCain’s downward-turned thumb early Friday morning, the bill’s failure has far deeper roots in this star-crossed era of unified Republican government.

A ruling party that never expected to win. A conservative base long primed to accept nothing less than a full repeal. An overpromising and often disengaged president with no command of the policy itself and little apparent interest in selling its merits to the public.

By the time the end came, Vice President Mike Pence — dispatched to the Senate to cast a tiebreaking vote — instead seemed resigned. Ms. Collins had clustered with the other two “no” Republicans, waiting to cast their votes.

“All of the sudden someone tapped on my back and it was the vice president,” Ms. Collins said. “He obviously had heard that John has decided to vote no. He was well aware of my vote and Lisa’s position and he was there to talk to John.

ed it by putting his arm around me as he said it.”

For months before that moment, the distress signals had flared.

Days after Mr. Trump’s inauguration, Republicans gathered in Philadelphia for their annual retreat, exulting in their November victories as liquor flowed and Trump-themed socks were tucked into gift bags for lawmakers.

“Think of everything we can achieve,” Mr. Trump told them, predicting the busiest Congress in recent history and placing repeal-and-replace at the front of the line.

Senate leaders react after John McCain, Republican of Arizona, who returned to the Senate this week after receiving a diagnosis of brain cancer, cast the decisive vote to defeat his party’s “skinny repeal” of Obamacare.

Yet in private sessions that week, Republicans worried about being saddled with a politically toxic “Trumpcare,” with some acknowledging that their dual promises — repealing the law swiftly without pulling the rug out from Americans — could not be reconciled.

“Republicans will own it,” Representative Tom McClintock of California said, according to an audio recording from the gathering. “Lock, stock and barrel.”

The House pressed on, slogging through boiling town halls that called to mind the Democrats’ fate in 2009.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan gamely played the salesman, delivering a slide-show presentation on live television with his sleeves rolled up for a bill that his president would eventually deride as “mean.” After pulling a planned vote in March, the House passed its version in May.

Mr. Trump celebrated the one-chamber triumph with a Rose Garden victory ceremony.

Senators were less convinced. From the start, a fissure emerged between those hoping to repeal the law and sort out a replacement later and those who insisted they must be done in tandem. Republican leaders in Congress planned to take the first approach. But that strategy quickly unraveled, with Mr. Trump demanding a simultaneous repeal and replacement.

In the upper chamber, where Republicans hoped to develop their own bill, the stumbles arrived quickly. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, assembled a working group of 13 senators to draft the legislation — all of them male — excluding Ms. Murkowski and Ms. Collins.

Concerns came not just from moderates like Ms. Collins but from reliable Republicans in some unlikely places: Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas, Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who told any reporter within earshot that he did not have enough information to even form a firm opinion.

At the same time, Russia-tinged scandal shadowed Mr. Trump with increasing urgency, delivering a deluge of distractions.

Speaker Paul Ryan gave a presentation about health care in March. CreditGabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

In mid-May, Mr. McCain, who was at the time not considered a potential swing vote on health care legislation, was asked if Republicans might be more willing to buck Mr. Trump on policy issues given the circumstances.

“Are you kidding me?” the senator shot back. “Do you think that I am not known — you think my reputation is that I go along?”

Even on matters specific to health care, Mr. Trump was not helping. At a lunch with Republican senators at the White House in June, he savaged the House measure and called for a more “generous” bill in the Senate, injecting himself into the chamber’s delicate negotiations.

Ms. Murkowski was seated directly to Mr. Trump’s right. As he ticked off soaring premiums in different states, the president leaned over to her. “I hate to say this to you, Lisa, but in Alaska, they’ve gone up 207 percent on Obamacare,” he said.

Weeks later, at another White House lunch, another fence-sitting Republican, Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, was seated in the same position. “Look, he wants to remain a senator, doesn’t he?” Mr. Trump said.

The recruitment efforts grew more ham-fisted with time. After a vote on Tuesday to proceed to a debate on health care repeal, which only Ms. Murkowski and Ms. Collins opposed among Republicans, Ms. Murkowski received a phone call: Mr. Trump had directed his interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, to remind the senator of issues affecting her state that are controlled by the Interior Department, according to people familiar with the call.

And Mr. McCain’s startling diagnosis of brain cancer had an impact — and not just on him.

“That was the low point,” Ms. Collins said, recalling a phone call with Mr. McCain after the diagnosis. “It made me realize that even though I was under a lot of pressure, it didn’t compare to what he was going through. It reminded me of how very personal and important health care is.”

On that initial vote, Mr. McCain had been a qualified yes, returning from treatment to deliver a short-term balm to Mr. Trump and his fellow Republicanso

President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010. CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

But his final decision awaited. He joked, on his return, that he would soon give his peers cause to regret all the nice things they had said about him.

Mr. McCain had come back to the Capitol with a plea for his colleagues, delivered on Tuesday in a soaring address from the floor: “Let’s trust each other,” he said, lamenting the state of the institution. “Let’s return to regular order.”

All week after that, Democrats approached him, praising the speech, with a request of their own: Help the Senate get there.

“I know,” Mr. McCain told them repeatedly. “I know.”

As Thursday night slid toward Friday morning, a group of Republicans, including Mr. McCain, demanded assurances from Mr. Ryan that the House would not simply pass the slapdash legislation that many viewed as a placeholder.

The White House thought it had persuaded Mr. McCain by assuaging him on two fronts: Administration officials had been in touch with Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona, whom Mr. McCain had looked to for guidance, and nudged the governor to make clear to Mr. McCain that he was in favor of keeping the process going. And Trump aides made certain that Mr. Ryan assured Mr. McCain in a phone call that the so-called “skinny” repeal bill at hand would not become law. Mr. McConnell appeared confident as well, for a time.

But Mr. McCain’s decision was so shrouded in mystery that his closest friend in the Senate, Lindsey Graham, and longtime aide and muse, Mark Salter, were not quite sure early Thursday evening how he would vote.

“Wait for the show,” Mr. McCain told reporters asking for a preview.

When Mr. McCain reached the floor in the wee hours of Friday morning, Mr. Pence was eager to speak to him. The vice president made clear that he, too, thought little of the bill at hand but that it was more important to go to a bicameral conference committee where a new measure could be hashed out, Mr. Graham said.

Before long, Mr. McCain left to take a call in the cloakroom. It was Mr. Trump, echoing Mr. Pence’s argument.

Democrats stirred. “Not sure how vote will turn out,” Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, said on Twitter, “but we have a shot.”

Mr. Trump has spoken often of leverage in negotiations. On Friday, he had none. It is difficult, in the best of circumstances, to strong-arm an octogenarian war hero battling brain cancer.

And two years ago this month — in Iowa, inevitably — Mr. Trump had disparaged him for being captured in combat.

“The three who voted against it have a very negative relationship with the president,” said Senator Bill Cassidy, Republican of Louisiana. For Mr. McCain in particular, he said, “He’s not one where you’d expect a phone call to make the difference.”

Shuffling across the chamber, Mr. McCain convened with Democrats, informing them of his choice. “They can read my lips,” he said to laughs, fearing his hand would be tipped ahead of time from inside the gallery.

At one point, the senator joined Ms. Collins and Ms. Murkowski, telling them they had done the right thing.

“We talked about how if anyone knew about doing the right thing it was John McCain,” Ms. Collins recalled. “It was very moving.”

By 1:30 a.m., Mr. McCain returned to the middle of the floor, a few feet from where he had spoken of bipartisanship and comity on Tuesday. Mr. McConnell stared straight ahead, motionless, as the Republican promise fell away.

Mr. McCain held out his arm, waiting to be recognized once more, and dropped his thumb.

Minutes After McCain Betrayal, Here’s the SICK Thing He Quietly Told Chuck Schumer…

On Friday, Sen. John McCain sold the Republican party down the river, standing with Democrats to keep Obamacare intact.

And he felt no remorse in doing so — in fact, a new report says he may have cast that vote with purely malicious intentions against President Donald Trump and his administration.

From Capitol Hill, Republican operative Jack Posobiec reported that McCain laughed it up with Democrats after the vote, then dropped this shocking one-liner:

Let’s see Donald make america great again now.

Multiple Hill staffers confirm last night McCain was heard laughing w Dems and remarked, “Lets see Donald make america great again now”

McCain is a dirty man.

McCain Threatens to Shut Down Trump’s Deputy Secretary of Defense Nomination

Traitor McCain SLAMS Trump, PRAISES Obama

Traitorous “Swamp Creature” John McCain is at it again.

After many instances of slamming President Trump, McCain has the audacity to OPENLY PRAISE Obama.

McCain falsely claims that American leadership was BETTER under President Obama.

McCain’s disgusting attempts to constantly undermine “America First” President Trump are disgraceful, especially coming from a “conservative.”

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said American leadership was stronger under President Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama, according to a Guardian report published Sunday.

Asked if the country stood on sturdier ground under Obama’s leadership, McCain said “yes,” according to the report.

“As far as American leadership is concerned, yes,” said McCain, who also vocally criticized many of the Obama administration’s foreign policy decisions.

McCain also lost to Obama when he ran as the GOP nominee in the 2008 presidential election.

The top Senate Republican was also asked what “message” the president delivered to the U.K. last week when he publicly criticized London’s mayor, shortly after a terror-related attack that left eight people dead and many more wounded.

“What do you think the message is? The message is that America doesn’t want to lead,” said McCain, chairman on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“They are not sure of American leadership, whether it be in Siberia or whether it be in Antarctica,” he added.

Trump criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s comment that Londoners should not be alarmed by the increased police presence following the attack by taking the statement out of context.

“Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement,” Trump tweeted last week.

Trump also used the two recent attacks in the United Kingdom to renew his push to ban refugees and immigrants from several predominantly Muslim countries.

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