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viernes, 30 de marzo de 2018

John McCain to share ‘no-holds-barred’ opinion of Trump presidency in new memoir

Maverick Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) may be trying to preserve his fading legacy and embattled reputation with the publication of a memoir titled “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations.” Publishers Simon & Schuster have promised that the book will deliver a “no-holds-barred” account of Donald Trump’s presidency from the ailing Arizona senator — a commentary that is unlikely to be well-received by millions of his own constituents who support the president.


McCain’s political memoir begins with his failed 2008 presidential campaign before describing his civic service under former President Barack Obama. Naturally, the book reaches its climax with the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath — a period in which McCain and Trump repeatedly exchanged verbal salvos and developed a highly publicized rivalry.

Simon & Schuster described the book, set to be released in stores on May 22:

Candid, pragmatic, and always fascinating, John McCain holds nothing back in his latest memoir.

In an attempt to build anticipation for its release, McCain’s publishers promise that he will “share his experiences during the divisive 2016 election and his no-holds-barred opinions on the current developments coming out of Washington.”

The longtime legislator completed his memoir with the help of his trusted confidante and “alter ego,” Mark Salter.

Salter was a prominent campaign aid during the 2008 presidential race and has joined McCain as an outspoken “Never-Trumper,” even going so far as to mock the GOP front-runner in 2016 by claiming that Trump has “emotional maturity of a six-year-old.”

Senatorial smackdown

Throughout his career, McCain has frequently been a holdout to his own party’s agenda, and this reputation was only cemented with the rise of Trump.

Despite poll numbers that indicated Trump’s message resonated with voters in 2015, McCain was an early critic of the would-be president, arguing that he “fired up the crazies” with his campaign and “activated a very extreme element” of the right.

In an ill-advised move, Trump responded by questioning McCain’s remarkable military service, putting into motion a series of back-and-forth jabs that the media was only too happy to cover. The rivalry only escalated once Trump entered the White House, and McCain has frequently stood in opposition to the president’s agenda.

In June 2017, many Americans recall how the Arizona senator cast the deciding vote to kill a GOP “skinny repeal” of the wildly unpopular Affordable Care Act. As the former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, McCain consistently criticized the president’s foreign policy proposals, questioning Trump’s hardline position on North Korea and accusing the president of going soft on Russia.

McCain’s book is likely to agitate a growing faction of the Republican Party who oppose McCain’s fence-riding and unproductive criticism. When Trump made a veiled reference to his rival at this year’s Conservative Political Action Committee, the crowd responded by booing the ailing senator and war veteran — a sign of just how far his image has declined.

Referencing Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” in an attempt to criticize Trump in 2015, McCain once said, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

Well, the political winds have since shifted, and McCain has fallen into disrepute with his own party. He would be wise to consider his own advice.