Senator John McCain has had a lot of disagreements with Trump on the campaign trail and as President of the United States. Not only did John McCain spar with Trump after Trump said that “he’s not a hero,” but McCain has also been a prominent advocate for a bipartisan-led investigation into the Russian hacking of the election. He also sounded his disapproval of the current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, for having close ties with Russia and Vladimir Putin. Nevertheless, he still voted to approve Rex Tillerson. However, he has now decided to skip the vote on Scott Pruitt, who was confirmed as the new EPA Secretary.
John McCain addressed Trump’s rhetoric towards the media when he appeared on Chuck Todd’s show Meet The Press: “I hate you especially. But the fact is we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It’s vital.” John McCain is against trying to silence the press.
McCain stated: “If you want to preserve — I’m very serious now — if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press.” “And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started.” McCain is expressing his fears of this administration; that this continued antagonization of the media will be detrimental to the democracy that we currently have. McCain believes that, in order to have a true democracy that is the opposite of tyranny, you must have a free press and that it is currently being threatened.
McCain also went on to state: “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.” Clearly, McCain is afraid that Trump’s rhetoric may lead to a compromised state of democracy that is leaning more towards a dictatorship.