Arizona Republican Senator John McCain has branded himself as a “maverick” of Republican politics. For those who pay attention, such coy euphemisms as “maverick” betray a more-sinister label: turncoat.
Though he represents one of the most-conservative states in the union in the Senate, McCain consistently works against conservative issues. Though a supporter of defense spending, McCain continues to undermine America’s safety on the most-basic of issues.
What good is an extra F-18 or two if we’re consistently leaving the Southern border unsecured for the convenience of any illegal immigrant or Islamic terrorists who wish to enter the country without going through customs?
What good is an uptick in defense spending if we are receiving tens-of-thousands of unknown, unvetted people from regions seething with Islamic radicals?
Sen. McCain’s “moderate” positioning on these issues and many more is precisely the reason he is facing direct primary challenges this election. To shine a light on McCain’s consistent failings, his challenger, Arizona businessman Alex Meluskey, has released a scathing new ad highlighting McCain’s weak positions that endanger all Americans- not just those in Arizona.
The ad begins with a reminder that since 9-11, there have been 43 terrorist attacks on American soil. It discusses, specifically, the attack on Fort Hood by a radicalized American Muslim- a military doctor, Nidal Hasan.
The ad then jumps to a clip of McCain sitting beside fellow turncoat Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham as the Arizona senator urged bringing in more refugees from ISIS-controlled territories in the Middle East.
When pressed on who would vet these refugees, McCain laughably defended his position, saying, “Well, first of all, I’ve vetted a number of them because I know them.”
The ad then makes a sobering point: the Islamic terrorist who killed 13 American soldiers at Fort Hood was an American citizen, a Major in the Army and a doctor. If we cannot adequately vet such a person, how can we expect to vet a flood of Muslim refugees coming to the U.S. when a forged Syrian passport goes for as little as $2,000 in Turkey?
“We are running this ad because unlike other campaigns by political insiders and past candidates, we will not be afraid to call out John McCain on his disastrous foreign policy,” Meluskey candidly declared. “However he tries to mask it, he teamed up with Barack Obama to support the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt, and shares his view on the Syrian refugee issue. Now more than ever we have to stop the influx of radical Islamists into America.”
Meluskey admits that he is hoping to challenge the establishment candidate in a way similarly seen in 2014 with moderate Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Though many had come to accept that entrenched, establishment politicians were a nuisance constituents must come to accept, conservative Dave Brat’s historic primary victory over the then-Majority Leader helped invigorate an electoral pushback against establishment politicians- political leaders who are in the business of merely staying in office, not attending to the needs of their constituents.
At a time when our allies in Europe are dealing with the effects of loose border and refugee policies, it’s time to prioritize America’s security needs and say “no” to establishment politicians who betray that principle.
Meluskey’s ad is biting, sobering and truthful all at once and precisely the kind of discussion Americans need to be having this election cycle.