For some people, John McCain was the last icon of the Republican Party before it completely surrendered to Donald Trump. Now, nearly a year after his death, his wife Cindy laments the modern GOP, saying in a recent interview that “I don’t see anyone carrying the voice — the voice of reason.”
Speaking to ABC News, McCain said that her late husband would be talking about the border situation, the trend of mass shootings and “the incivility that’s happening,” adding, “John was always the guy fighting for the little guy.”
Watch the video below, via ABC News:
Cindy McCain tells @jonkarl that the late Sen. John McCain would be a "voice of reason," in politics today, "which is what we're sorely lacking right now…to be able to work across the aisle on these issues. That's how we worked for so many years." https://t.co/IFeGJ1Hv4m pic.twitter.com/N6mB6wXK5z
— ABC News (@ABC) August 21, 2019
She added, “he would also be the voice of reason in all of this, which is what we’re sorely lacking right now is his voice of reason and his understanding of the purpose and the ability to be able to work across the aisle on these issues. That’s how we worked for so many years. And now to just close ranks and not talk to anybody doesn’t make any sense.”
When asked about John McCain’s willingness to “stand up to his own party” and who is carrying that torch now, Cindy McCain said “I don’t think anybody is, that was a tough torch to carry, and as John said, there were many lonely days because he always said what was on his mind,” adding, “He never did anything deliberately to be hurtful.”
She went on to say, “I don’t see anybody carrying that mantle at all; I don’t see anyone carrying the voice, the voice of reason mantle right now.” But she went on to say that she’s hopeful that somebody will step into the role.
John McCain passed away on August 25, 2018 — nearly a year ago this week. But, even in death, he’s remained a thorn in the side of the president, who has often attacked the late Republican icon.