Heartwarming resurfaced video shows John McCain defending Barack Obama against a racist comment in 2008

by Umey Aimen

Senator John McCain, who died earlier this week, is currently being remembered for a lot of reasons. However, there is one moment from his political career that has proven to be truly unforgettable.

One of the most famous political moments from his life is the incident where he cut off one of his supporters midway as he made a racist comment about Barack Obama, who was also running for office at that time.

John McCain

Senator John McCain passed away earlier this week. (Image Source: Twitter)

Several of John McCain’s political moments during his election campaign back in 2008 came under media attention. However, one of the most famous ones was when he interrupted his supporter midway when she declared Obama as an Arab and expressed her mistrust for him.

John immediately interrupted her and stated, “No, ma’am. He’s a decent family man, citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign issue is all about.” 

Watch a video of the interaction:

John McCain’s statement sparked worldwide appreciation, though he also got his fair share of hatred and lost some support. Now, after his death, many are remembering the incident, though the reactions are still mixed. Some are pointing out that it was unnecessary and insulting for McCain to assert that Obama was not an Arab, and that his statement was in fact racist itself.

Many said he could have denied the woman’s aggressive statement without making it seem as if being an Arab is something that falls outside of the ambit of being decent and civil.

McCain reportedly also asked for one of former presidents Obama or Bush to give a eulogy at his funeral.

In a statement released after McCain’s death, Obama’s regard for the senator was clear.

“Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own,” Obama wrote. “At John’s best, he showed us what that means.”



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