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McCain: 'We Have to Fight Isolationism, Protectionism, Nativism'

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By    |   Tuesday, 31 October 2017 02:20 PM

Sen. John McCain on Monday night gave a stinging rebuke to the "America first" cornerstones of President Donald Trump without ever mentioning the president's name, the Capital Gazette reports.

In a speech to his alma mater, the Naval Academy, the Arizona Republican told the Midshipmen that the United States "became the most powerful nation on earth by tearing down walls, not building them," the Capital Gazette quoted McCain.

"We have to fight against propaganda, and crackpot conspiracy theories," McCain told the assembly, the Gazette reports. "We have to fight isolationism, protectionism and nativism. We have to defeat those who would worsen our divisions."

McCain went further.

McCain has gone toe-to-toe with Trump from the jump, including two weeks ago in a speech where he blasted the "spurious, half-baked nationalism" afflicting the country, again, without mentioning the president by name.

"We are asleep in our echo chambers, where our views are always affirmed, and information that contradicts them is always fake," the Gazette quoted McCain.

"We are asleep in our polarized politics, which exaggerates our differences and looks for scapegoats instead of answers, and insist we get all our way all the time in a system of government based on compromise and principled cooperation and restraint.

"It's time to wake up," the Gazette quoted McCain. "I believe in America. We're capable of better. I've seen it. We're hopeful, compassionate people."

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Sen. John McCain on Monday night gave a stinging rebuke to the "America first" cornerstones of President Donald Trump without ever mentioning the president's name, the Capital Gazette reports.
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