The death of Sen. John McCain will leave a hole in the Senate that will be difficult to fill.

Breanna Santella

Death of John McCain Will Leave Void In Senate

September 11, 2018

Maverick.War Hero. Presidential Contender. Senator. Father. All words that can be used to describe the great John McCain, who died from a brain tumor at age 81.

McCain was a Vietnam veteran who served in the US Senate from January 1987 until his death in August 2018. For years he has easily won the re-elections for his same seat. He was an advocate for what was best for the American people time and time again, and his death impacts us all more than we realize.

While McCain lost the presidential election to Barack Obama, he still remained influential to politics in our country. Even when McCain was dying, he made an appearance in the Senate to vote against his party to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He was the strongest voice that remained in a seat of power to push back against President Trump’s agenda.

The two’s quarrel was apparent from the beginning. It started during the primaries when Trump was tweeting about climate change being a “hoax” and constantly boasting about his wealth, deal-making, and fame as his qualifications to be president. Yet, McCain endured the quarrels with dignity. McCain believed that Trump was not fit to lead our country. He wrote that Trump seemed uninterested in the moral character of world leaders and their regimes.

Trump made unnecessary and inappropriate comments about McCain on multiple occasions. He claimed McCain was not a war hero because he was captured during the war. Trump also said McCain “let Arizona down” for his vote on the Affordable Care Act.

However, despite the feud, the Trump family offered its condolences to the McCains.Yet, it seems McCain’s daughter Meghan did not want them. In her eulogy for her father, she made it clear she knew her father made America better than Trump ever could- her words said it all.

“The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great.”

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