After recent news told of Sen. John McCain’s diagnosis of brain cancer, negative memes and links to questionable websites are circulating all over social media. They claim McCain was charged with treason for things he told the enemy while he was a prisoner-of-war during Vietnam. McCain was convicted of those charges and was sentenced to death, they say. He only got away with it because then-president Richard Nixon pardoned McCain, they claim. (See examples below.)
Those claims are completely, 100-percent, absolutely FALSE.
- McCain supported a “path to citizenship” for immigrants
- McCain refused to support an amendment banning gay marriage
- McCain supported stem-cell research
- McCain supported campaign finance reform
- McCain voted against tax cuts on the wealthy that were proposed by George W. Bush
- McCain recognizes environmental issues
To disagree with their own party member is one thing. To attack him with very false claims, though, is silly. And to do so right after McCain was diagnosed with a serious health circumstance? That is by far the worst thing those Republicans could do.
And if anyone tries to cover up this Republican attack by claiming it’s Democrats who are spreading that information, consider this: Don’t you think we would have used this information in 2008 when McCain ran for president against Obama? We didn’t. And because we don’t spread false information against our opponents.
The fact that these bizarre claims are new, and are only coming from the far right, makes that evident, too.
We Democrats are Americans first – and humans throughout. We only wish Sen. McCain the best in recovery from his current medical situation.
And we ask Republicans to stop their silly online games regarding McCain, too. Their current attacks are juvenile – inhumane – and very un-American.