In what many view as another direct attack on President Trump and his supporters this Monday, Arizona GOP Senator John McCain gave a speech to midshipmen at the Naval Academy, saying that it’s “time to wake up.”
“I believe in America. We’re capable of better. I’ve seen it. We’re hopeful, compassionate people,” McCain said, according to the Capital Gazette.
“We are asleep in our echo chambers, where our views are always affirmed, and information that contradicts them is always fake,” McCain said. “We are asleep in our polarized politics, which exaggerates our differences and looks for scapegoats instead of answers, and insist we get all our way all the time in a system of government based on compromise and principled cooperation and restraint.”
Although McCain didn’t mention Trump by name, he was specific about the President’s policies and rhetoric.
“We have to fight against propaganda and crackpot conspiracy theories. We have to fight isolationism, protectionism and nativism. We have to defeat those who would worsen our divisions. We have to remind our sons and daughters that we became the most powerful nation on earth by tearing down walls, not building them.”
I believe in Americans and the American dream, but it’s time we wake up. pic.twitter.com/QmSIqP0TEs
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) October 30, 2017
McCain also took questions from the audience, and went on longer than expected. When officials tried to cut short the Q&A session, he insisted on taking more, saying, “Since we’re not doing anything in the Senate, might as well.”
Featured image: screen grab via the Capital Gazette