Sen. John McCain warns against ‘spurious nationalism’ in Liberty Medal speech


Arizona Senator John McCain took a moment during his most recent Liberty Medal speech, to warn the people of the U.S., that too much “nationalism” is a bad thing, explaining how he thinks President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda is dangerous and fake.

During several moments in his speech this Monday, McCain cautioned against the US turning toward “half-baked, spurious nationalism” during an event which honored the war hero’s contributions.

McCain also went on to reflect on his decades-long political history, warning that to “fear” the world the US has led for the better part of a century, adding, “abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe” and “refuse the obligations of international leadership … for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems” calling it unpatriotic, “as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”

McCain also viewed the Liberty Medal speech moment which was initially meant to mark his service to the country, as the perfect opportunity to warn the US leadership against moving backward toward nationalistic, “America First” instincts espoused by President Donald Trump’s key advisers, without mentioning the commander-in-chief or his administration by name.

He also explained how if they are allowed to take root, those “America First” tendencies could relegate the US to a backseat on the world stage, leaving a vacuum of power in its wake. The part of John McCain’s speech where he makes the remarks can be seen below, on a video posted on the official Twitter profile of ABC News:

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