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Sen. John McCain Stands Up For Free Press Against Trump

| by Oren Peleg

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona is one of the longest-serving U.S. senators currently in office. Yet, despite his GOP establishment credentials, McCain remains one of President Donald Trump's most ardent critics.

McCain spoke to CNN at the beginning of February, presenting his pedigree of criticism:

I'm the one that said Ronald Reagan shouldn't send Marines to Afghanistan. ... I'm the one that said Donald Rumsfeld should be fired. I've said the general in Afghanistan should be fired. Look, I have done what I have done right for this country under Republican and Democrat presidents. I will continue to do so. This is not a departure from the way I've conducted myself in the United States Senate.

“Make no mistake, my friends, these are dangerous times,” McCain said on Feb. 17 during a security conference in Munich, Germany, notes The New York Times. “But you should not count America out, and we should not count each other out.”

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Speaking with NBC's "Meet The Press" the following day, McCain continued to critique the administration. This time, McCain took aim at the administration's crusade against the media.

"If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and, many times, adversarial press," McCain began on "Meet The Press", notes CNN. "And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That's how dictators get started. ... They get started by suppressing free press. In other words, a consolidation of power. When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I'm not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history."

Sources: CNN, The New York Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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