Courtesy of CNN:
McCain, who has died at the age of 81, was a naval bomber pilot, prisoner of war, conservative maverick, giant of the Senate, twice-beaten presidential candidate and an abrasive American hero with a twinkle in his eye.
The Arizonan warrior politician, who survived plane crashes, several bouts of skin cancer and brushes with political oblivion, often seemed to be perpetually waging a race against time and his own mortality while striving to ensure that his five-and-a-half years as a Vietnam prisoner of war did not stand as the defining experience of his life.
He spent his last few months out of the public eye in his adopted home state of Arizona, reflecting on the meaning of his life and accepting visits from a stream of friends and old political combatants.
As much as I disagreed with the man, it is still sad to see a life end.
Update: Look who actually decided he needed to appear human.
My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018
Too bad we know it was probably written for him and against his wishes.
Update: Palin is even worse than Trump.
Courtesy of the Daily Mail:
In an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, Palin, 54, and her husband Todd, 53, reflected on her time as McCain’s running mate during the 2008 presidential election and revealed her frustration over his political hangers-on.
‘I respect his military service. I think it’s unfortunate that he had people around him – and they continued to be around him for a very long time – who weren’t serving him well,’ she said.
‘They certainly weren’t serving the country well with what they were trying to do.’
‘I believe he was told things about what America really wanted or really needed because he’s been in that DC bubble for so many years.
‘I don’t think inherently he necessarily was really connected, so he did rely on people telling him – in polls – telling him and…he went from there.
‘I think that’s unfortunate because he had some strange people around him and..disloyal people, and you know, I don’t say that as like hate speech or griping about it, it’s just a fact they were just some not nice people.’