Sen. John McCain raises concerns over ‘unwillingness to separate truth from lies’

Sen. John McCain raises concerns over ‘unwillingness to separate truth from lies’

Senator John McCain has given a speech which appears to take sharp aim at the president even though Donald Trump’s name was never mentioned, reports the Washington Post.

The Arizona lawmaker was addressing the 2017 Munich Security Conference on Friday when he invoked the name of Ewald von Kleist who helped plot an assassination attempt of Adolf Hitler more than 70 years ago.

McCain said, “What would von Kleist’s generation say if they saw our world today?”

John McCain through the years

He then answered, “They would be alarmed by an increasing turn away from universal values and toward old ties of blood, and race, and sectarianism. They would be alarmed by the hardening resentment we see toward immigrants, and refugees, and minority groups, especially Muslims.”

He added, “They would be alarmed by the growing inability, and even unwillingness, to separate truth from lies. They would be alarmed that more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent.”

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And though he said that many seem to be giving up on Western nations, he ultimately concluded that he would continue to be “a proud, unapologetic believer in the West.”

As The Hill points out, these comments follow President Trump’s recent attacks on the media as well as his attempt to temporarily block refugees and certain immigrants from the U.S.

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Left-wing website under fire after saying Trump may have STD

Left-wing website under fire after saying Trump may have STD

Left-leaning political website and magazine The New Republic published an article Friday, without any clear evidence, that alleges President Donald Trump may be suffering from syphilis, and people are not happy about it.

“Many mental health professionals believe the president is ill. But what if the cause is an untreated STD?” writes Dr. Steven Beutler, who has “spent over 30 years practicing medicine, specializing in infectious diseases.”

People online were quick to rip into Beutler’s article and his controversial assessment of the president. Journalist Michael Tracey tweeted in response, “Probably the lowest form of journalism is baselessly proposing psychoanalytical or medical explanations for political behavior.”

Click through reactions to article claiming Trump may have syphilis:

“Not sure why we’re supposed to defend media when they put out banal malarkey like this,” tweeted another user.

Twitter user @JamGrex observed that The New Republic even once criticized GOPers who speculated about former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s health, tweeting, “This is coming from the same site that complained when the right questioned Hillary’s health.”

In the article, Beutler argues that Trump has “commonly recognized symptoms” for the STD such as “irritability, loss of ability to concentrate, delusional thinking, and grandiosity. Memory, insight, and judgment can become impaired. Insomnia may occur. Visual problems may develop, including the inability of pupils to react to the light.”

Even though Beutler does acknowledge he can’t answer for sure if Trump suffers from “this condition,” he basically contradicts himself by saying he “cannot, of course, establish this diagnosis from a distance,” right after essentially writing a diagnosis from a distance.

There’s a history of physicians attempting to diagnose politicians from afar, in fact, in 1973, following the 1964 presidential election, the American Psychiatric Association implemented the “Goldwater Rule” which states, …read more


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