Americans look at John McCain as the voice of reason in the GOP. Well, he just proved that he can no longer be counted on.
Today, he made his first appearance on the Senate floor since undergoing surgery on his eye and receiving a brain cancer diagnosis. He was met with a standing ovation from his associates for having the power to return.
McCain’s vote ended up being the deciding vote whether to move forward with Trumpcare, and he voted “yes.” Earlier this month, McCain claimed that Trumpcare was “dead,” and Republicans needed to start from scratch. Today, he put his true colors on display and chose his party before his country.
America is now one step closer to having over 20 million of its citizens stripped of their health insurance. McCain had cast the 49th vote before Sen. Ron Johnson pushed the vote to 50 to commence the floor debate.
Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski were the only two Republicans to vote “no,” making McCain’s vote the deciding vote. VP Mike Pence’s vote broke the 50-50 tie.
McCain later delivered a spirited speech, during which he blasted Republicans for the bill he had just voted “yes” on.
Twitter showed McCain no mercy:
McCain will never face another election. Never gain or lose a committee chairmanship. What he does now tells you who he really is.
— Mark Sumner (@Devilstower) July 25, 2017
GOP: Come over
MCCAIN: I can't, I have brain cancer
GOP: We need your vote to strip millions of their health coverage
— ken klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) July 25, 2017
Anyone remember when McCain was a venerated veteran? Yeah, he just erased that legacy. What is more anti-American than his vote today?
— erin (@CheapRedWhine) July 25, 2017
Voting to proceed on a bill, when all of the bills that exist have been scored to take millions of people's healthcare away is not okay.
— Avi B (@JasperAvi) July 25, 2017
What he might do in the future is irrelevant. What matters is what he did today, and his vote was a hypocritical slap in the face to America
— Jillian Madison (@jillianmadison) July 25, 2017