John McCain in Op-Ed:  We [the Congress] Are Not Trump’s Subordinates”

Dear Commons Community,

In an op-ed for the Washington Post published on Thursday, John McCain, the Arizona Republican senator called on Americans to focus on “shared values” rather than differences. McCain denounced the “repugnant spectacle of white supremacists marching in Charlottesville” and lauded Heather Heyer, the counter protester killed by a white supremacist at the rally.

But McCain also criticized the partisanship in Congress.

“We seem convinced that majorities exist to impose their will with few concessions and that minorities exist to prevent the party in power from doing anything important,” McCain wrote of recent congressional deadlock.

“Congress must govern with a president who has no experience of public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct,” McCain wrote. “We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities. We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates. We don’t answer to him. We answer to the American people.”  

McCain’s fellow Repbulicans should hear and follow McCain’s call to “answer to the American people” and not to Trump and to partisan interests.



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