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There are going be a great many Americans who tonight feel a sense of betrayal. …If you stand up and campaign and say we are going to repeal Obamacare and you vote for Obamacare, those are not consistent. And the American people are entirely justified in saying any politician who told me that and voted the other way didn’t tell me the truth. They lied to me.
He then added:
“No party can remain in power by lying to the American people.”
Cruz is right, but only partly. The entire Republican Party did not lie to its voters. Instead, a small contingent of fake Republicans lied, led by John McCain, king liar and the most likely person to stab a friend in the back I have ever seen.
For example, for years McCain has done whatever he can to block any real enforcement of the immigration laws. When Trump proposed building a wall McCain was quick to condemn it. Yet, when McCain ran for re-election in 2010, he demanded that we build “the danged wall.”
His dishonesty becomes clearer when you read what he said when he voted for a full repeal of Obamacare in 2015.
The legislation we passed today would unburden Americans from the harmful effects of this failed law and build a bridge to health care solutions that work for families in Arizona and across the country. It is clear that any serious attempt to improve our health care system must begin with a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare, and I will continue fighting on behalf of the people of Arizona to achieve it.
At the time McCain could boldly lie like this because he knew his partisan ally, Barack Obama, would veto the repeal for him.
Now I readily and heartily admit that the “skinny” repeal bill that was defeated by John McCain’s vote yesterday was hardly a repeal at all, and in many ways was a travesty. The only reason it existed in this form at all is because fake Republicans McCain, Murkowsky, and Collins, along with their Democratic allies, would not have voted for anything that would have represented a real repeal. Nonetheless, it was a desperate attempt by the Republican Party to at least try to repeal some parts of Obamacare, to show that they were sincere when they ran on a platform that said they wanted to get rid of it.
John McCain ran on that platform too. Unlike the bulk of the Republican Party, however, he was blatantly lying when he did so.
McCain isn’t the only liar in the Senate. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) could win awards for lying as well. It was a tragedy in 2010 when, after rejecting her to tea party Republican Joe Miller in the primary, voters saved her position in the Senate by giving her victory in a write-in campaign.
McCain though especially galls me. Everything about him in the past twenty years has been a lie. And the worst lie is his claim to be a Republican. Since the late nineties he has spent the bulk of his political effort stabbing Republicans in the back while working hard to block conservative reforms. If he had any sense of honesty he would have switched parties years ago. He hasn’t, however, because it serves his interests to make believe he is a Republican. There is no way he’d win an election here in Arizona if he tried to do it on the Democratic ticket.
I don’t mind people disagreeing with me. What I do mind is someone lying to me, to my face. McCain has been doing this for decades. The Senate, and American government, will be significantly improved when he is no longer part of it.