Thursday, June 16, 2016

Going off GOP script: John McCain: Obama is ‘directly responsible’ for Orlando attack

John McCain, Creative Commons

What has gotten into John McCain?
  He’s off the GOP establishment script of not knocking Obama.  But, here’s the problem.  Why aren’t Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell echoing McCain in this case?  This is the kind of stuff Paul Ryan should chine in on instead of attacking Trump. 

WashingtonPost reports Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the elder Republican statesman, said President Obama was “directly responsible” for the terror attack in Orlando due to his failure to combat the rise of the Islamic State terror group.

McCain’s statement goes beyond the criticism of Obama that has been leveled by his Republican colleagues in the Senate, and it follows remarks made this week by presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who seemed to connect Obama to the attack in a Monday interview and on Wednesday tweeted an article claiming that Obama “actively supported” the terrorist group that became the Islamic State.

McCain made his remarks in a Senate hallway to a small group of reporters, responding to a question about the gun-control debate that has flared on Capitol Hill since the Sunday-morning shooting that left 49 clubgoers and the gunman dead. Obama on Thursday traveled to Orlando with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to pay his respects to victims’ families.

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