McCain warns against rise of ‘half-baked, spurious nationalism’

Sen. John McCain receives the Liberty Medal from Chair

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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday warned against the rise of “half-baked, spurious nationalism” and called for strong American leadership on the world stage. McCain said that abandoning “the ideals we have advanced around the globe” and shirking from “our duty to remain ‘the last, best hope of Earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems” is “unpatriotic.” McCain, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in July, made the remarks while being honored with the Liberty Medal by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. He did not mention President Trump by name, but his remarks were interpreted as a criticism of nationalist advisers on Trump’s team.

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