Americans elected Donald Trump based in part on his promise to “drain the swamp” — but could some of those establishment swamp figures be fellow Republicans?
That’s the question on the mind of many conservatives after Senator John McCain cast the critical “no” vote early Friday against the so-called “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act.
McCain’s rogue vote has infuriated opponents of Obamacare. Now, an old Twitter post from the Arizona senator himself is making McCain look like a two-faced sham.
“More bad Obamacare news: Arizonans will face premium hikes of 51-75% nxt yr – another indictment of this failed law,” the senator posted just nine months ago — when he was running for re-election.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) October 19, 2016
“Arizona families are demanding affordability, accessibility & choice in health care – not expensive, restrictive & poor quality Obamacare,” McCain wrote in a related tweet the same day.
Despite that rhetoric, McCain’s “no” vote this past week essentially stopped the latest push to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The elderly senator was apparently in such a rush to save Obama’s signature legislation that he made a surprise trip to Washington for the vote, despite facing serious cancer concerns.
Users on Twitter were quick to point out McCain’s hypocrisy. After PJ Media posted the senator’s October tweet, many people chimed in to voice their disappointment with the vote.
@SenJohnMcCain, good thing you were thinking about the folks in AZ when you cast your “No” vote. You gonna chip in to cover costs?
— deborah mathers (@DeborahMathers) July 28, 2017
McCain need to retire now.
— jack bree (@JackBored) July 29, 2017
Guess you liked it well enough, right senator? Those price hikes of over 100% in AZ not a problem anymore? How soon YOU forget. LIAR
— Sara (@SaraIMBella) July 28, 2017
The timing of the October message and this week’s vote are both interesting. When McCain posted his disdain for Obamacare, he was just a month away from an election where his Senate seat was up for grabs.
At the time of the recent vote, however, McCain knew that the chances of running again were very low, especially after he received a dire personal health diagnosis.
The situation looks very much like a politician gave a line of malarkey to voters in order to get elected, but quickly changed his tune once he knew he wouldn’t need to face them at the ballot ever again.
McCain will always be remembered for served America as a Navy pilot, a prisoner of war, a veteran and a lawmaker. But it will also be a long time before Republicans forget this kind of double-talk.
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