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Ocasio-Cortez stated that she met McCain while interning on Capitol Hill, adding that the senator “represents an unparalleled example of human decency and American service”:
John McCain’s legacy represents an unparalleled example of human decency and American service.
As an intern, I learned a lot about the power of humanity in government through his deep friendship with Sen. Kennedy.
He meant so much, to so many. My prayers are with his family. https://t.co/iu28V3snDm
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) August 26, 2018
While the kind sentiments were appreciated by many, some of Ocasio-Cortez's supporters were outraged that she had kind words to say about the Republican senator, calling him a “racist” and a “warmonger”:
She is a bigger phony than I thought and that is saying something. https://t.co/r5iR4nC08O
— Margaret Kimberley (@freedomrideblog) August 26, 2018
She's already got all the establishment's rituals down to a science. https://t.co/Ae7wn2JogV
— Tom Woods (@ThomasEWoods) August 26, 2018
I get what you're doing Alexandria but why?????
John McCain - “an unparalleled example of human decency”?! 😯
You don't have to...
— Kenneth Mejia (@25forcongress) August 26, 2018
Actually he was a war criminal, a racist, and a thoroughgoing reactionary prick. Why did you have to say this? Couldn’t you have maintained a discreet silence? https://t.co/A9NgHs4ech
— Doug Henwood (@DougHenwood) August 26, 2018
“Unparalleled example of human decency”
McCain was a warmonger of the highest order. His death is sad for his family, but no loss to the rest of the world, particularly not the countries he happily played a part in destroying or the ones he would have destroyed given the chance. https://t.co/sbzg5aFXRC
— Danielle Ryan (@DanielleRyanJ) August 26, 2018
This is not good. A warmongering US Senator whose life work was to promote military interventions (the monster used to sing “bomb bomb bomb Iran”) — interventions that killed millions of people — should not be fondly remembered. https://t.co/8hJZbHHnsw
— Neal Meyer 🌹 (@nealmeyer) August 26, 2018
Many, however, were disgusted by hateful replies to Ocasio-Cortez's simple memorial and the lack of sympathy or respect some democratic socialists appear to have for the sacrifice McCain and fellow soldiers made for American freedom.