Senator John McCain has been in politics for a long time. In a career than has spanned over three decades, McCain has been a member of both the House and Senate, as well as the Republican nominee for president. In 2016 — at age 80 — McCain was elected to his 7th term in the Senate.
Naturally, a career that long has earned him his fair share of political enemies. Even as a prominent Republican, McCain has often been at odds with President Trump in recent months.
Despite this, the news of his brain cancer diagnosis is a sad development. Political differences, though legitimate, are never a reason to devalue a human life in a civilized society.
Of course, there are those among us that don’t care much for civilized discourse. To them, political disagreements are justification enough to wish death upon those they disagree with. Unfortunately, that was exactly the reaction many liberals had to the news of Senator McCain’s cancer.
From the Daily Caller:
Sen. John McCain announced his brain cancer diagnosis Tuesday night, and some liberals took that as an open invitation to attack both McCain and President Donald Trump.
On Twitter, liberals attacked McCain over his support for repealing Obamacare:
John McCain is pretty ok with taking away everyone's health care so excuse me if i don't have a well of sympathy for his brain cancer. 🤷🏻♂️
— Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) July 20, 2017
literally a month ago, McCain was being a spineless toady for Trump instead of displaying actual moral turpitude
— Creppy Li'l 🌳👻🎃🦇 (@karengeier) July 20, 2017
"Show some compassion and human decency" what you mean like the Republicans do to all Americans?
— Nathaniel Friedman (@freedarko) July 20, 2017
Never letting a tragedy go to waste, some even used the occasion as a way to attack President Trump:
The closest any Trump kid will get to understanding what McCain went through as a POW is using the airplane bathroom after their dad.
— Dan Wilbur (@DanWilbur) July 20, 2017
“He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero 'cause he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” Trump on McCain, 2 years ago yesterday https://t.co/uwU62Azl30
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 20, 2017
Sadly, this is the kind of extreme discourse that we have come to expect from the left. After all, we are talking about the same group of people that see no problem with depictions of Trump’s decapitated head, games that push the president off a cliff, and plays that act out his gruesome assassination.
This is the same group that excuses violent riots, rife with assault and arson, as “peaceful resistance.” Indeed, this is the same group that thought Congressman Steve Scalise deserved to be shot at a baseball practice.
Why then, should we expect better in the wake of McCain’s tragic prognosis?
No doubt, both sides of the political spectrum have a number of political disagreements with the Arizona Senator. However, we should all be able to agree that we hope he wins his battle with cancer.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]