John McCain has passed away today, according to CNN. McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma last Summer, an extremely aggressive brain cancer. He decided to stop medical treatment for the disease earlier this month.
McCain’s daughter Meghan posted a tribute to her father on Twitter shortly after his death, saying she was with him “at his end as he was with me at my beginning.”
“My father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can,” she wrote. “But in this loss, and in this sorrow, I take comfort in this: John McCain, hero of the republic and to his little girl, wakes today to something more glorious than anything on this earth. Today the warrior enters his true and eternal life.”
Senator McCain spent the last few months of his life breaking from the Republican party, and causing a stir on Capitol Hill. As many already know, McCain was a prisoner of war. He joined the Navy in the 60’s, but his bomber was hit my a missile in October 1967 and he was captured soon after. He broke both arms and his leg in the explosion. McCain spent 5½ years in captivity as a POW in North Vietnam, where he was brutally tortured regularly. He also never received proper medical treatment for his broken bones, causing him to lose the ability to lift his arms above his shoulders and to walk with a limp all of his life. He turned down an opportunity to be released as a solo prisoner, a preferential action that he may have gotten due to his connections in the military. Still, he refused to come home until all the men that were captured with him also came home. When he was finally released back to the US, McCain served in the Navy until the early 80’s. He then transitioned into politics.
McCain was one of the few Republicans that distanced himself from Trump, and he infamously cast the vote that destroyed Trump’s Obama-Care repeal. Expected to side with his own party, McCain voted to keep Obama-Care in place instead, sending a shockwave through the GOP.
During his campaign trail In 2008 when McCain was running for the presidency against his rival Barack Obama ,he defended Obana when a woman was spouting racist conspiracies about the then-senator from Illinois .
“I can’t trust Obama. I have read about him, and he’s not, um, he’s an Arab,” a woman said to McCain at a town hall meeting in Lakeville, Minnesota in October 2008.
McCain grabbed the microphone from her, cutting her off. “No, ma’m,” he said. “He’s a decent family man [and] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what the campaign’s all about. He’s not [an Arab].”
According to the report, audience members booed his defense of his rival and called Obama a “liar” and a “terrorist.”
“I want to fight, and I will fight,” he said. “But I will be respectful. I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments, and I will respect him.”
Obama went on to defeat McCain in the presidential election in November 2008.
According to reports, Trump will not be invited to the funeral. McCain did not want the president there, but Barack Obama and George W. Bush were asked to give eulogies earlier this year when McCain was diagnosed with cancer.