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There has been a peculiar and posthumous battle of egos occurring in Washington DC today, as John McCain lashes out from beyond the grave to disparage President Donald Trump.

Before McCain passed away over the weekend, he and the President were very publicly at odds about the future of the republican party.  McCain’s bipartisanship had seen him labeled as everything from noble to treacherous, depending on the context of his cooperation.

Now, just hours after the media created an uproar over the White House’s flag not being flown at half mast today, a letter written by McCain as his “final words” is stirring controversy in the nation’s capital.

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The moving message, a personal tribute to America and its people, was read to the public Monday by Rick Davis, a close friend of McCain’s and the national campaign manager of the Arizona Republican’s 2008 and 2000 presidential campaigns.

Speaking of country’s best qualities, McCain wrote that “we weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all corners of the globe.”

“We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been,” Davis, holding back tears, said as he read McCain’s message in Phoenix.

The message, which Davis described as McCain’s “final words,” did not mention Trump by name but it appeared clear whom some of the remarks were aimed at.

McCain was not immune to controversy himself, particularly when it came to the possible exaggeration of his military record, with several of his colleagues in the Vietnam War having attempted to shed light on the subject in recent years.

There is no telling what further posthumous pot shots could be coming from McCain.



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