Remember When John McCain Asked For Russian Campaign Cash? We Do. Here’s The Proof.

John McCain has been among the most vocal of President Trump’s GOP critics. (Playing the very same talk-to-anyone-in-the-media-to-complain role that he did during the G.W.  Bush presidency when McCain was constantly going on liberal news programs to complain about then-President Bush. One of Senator McCain’s favorite complaints these days are his dire warnings of undo “Russian influence” in the 2016 Election – that such influence would be dangerously illegal and require a full investigation by Congress.

**Ahem** – it would appear the senator has forgotten how his campaign once reached out to acquire Russian cash in a previous presidential election, (a serious violation) and when he was caught, Mr. McCain shrugged it off as a “mailing glitch.”  

Here is the media report of the “mailing glitch” that took place in 2008 via Newsday:

“…Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, received a fundraising appeal from the Republican presidential nominee Thursday, said spokesman Ruslan Bakhtin.

…Presidential campaigns are legally barred from accepting foreign contributions.”

The Russian Ambassador mentioned in the earlier Newsday report, Vitaly Churkin is pictured above on the left. He died suddenly this past week of an apparent heart attack in New York one day shy of his 65th birthday.

John McCain has devolved into a very odd, manic, and aggressive globalist in recent years, pushing for open borders, beating the drums of war in Syria and now Russia, and constantly berated a sitting Republican president (Donald Trump) while Mr. McCain remained mostly silent when that president was Barack Obama.



Barack Obama Attacked John McCain’s War Record In 2008 – Just Not To His Face

The media has called out Donald Trump’s off-the-cuff partial dismissal of Senator John McCain’s military service after McCain blasted all those who support Mr. Trump’s campaign as “crazies.” Trump’s comments resulted in a coordinated effort between many in the Mainstream Media and politicians to silence what they fear is an uncontrollable candidate who is not following the conventional rules of scripted speeches and public statements.

Interestingly, in 2008 when John McCain was the one running for president there were a number of media and political figures who attacked McCain’s military service, some going so far as to state it should disqualify him from being president. At that time the only one complaining of the attack on his war record was John McCain himself. The media and the Obama campaign cheerfully let the attacks happen, and in fact, it was Obama campaign operatives who often carried them out.

Here is General Wesley Clark in 2008, himself a former Democratic candidate for president, acting as a surrogate for the Obama campaign and directly diminishing the military service of John McCain. Clark was doing so at the behest of the Obama operation – his response had approval from the highest members of the Obama Machine.

In 2008 it was Barack Obama’s glaring lack of any military experience that concerned the Obama campaign the most – at least prior to Sarah Palin’s sudden popularity. They hoped to neutralize McCain’s image as a war hero and used military figures like Wesley Clark to do so. The Mainstream Media accepted the attacks, doing little more than raising its collective eyebrows over them while at the same time pushing the anti-McCain war record narrative into the public consciousness. Within weeks, McCain’s military service was no longer something the Obama team needed to fear and the result was a near-landslide in their favor on Election Day.


Former Mother Jones magazine editor Jeffrey Klein, among Barack Obama’s most enthusiastic media advocates at the time, said this in 2008 regarding John McCain’s military service:

“Some of the unreleased pages in McCain’s Navy file may not reflect well upon his qualifications for the presidency.”

Klein wasn’t calling John McCain a hero but rather a screw-up. Klein wasn’t called to apologize, or to shut up, he was applauded.

Donald Trump’s somewhat dismissive, unscripted response to a question regarding John McCain’s view that all Trump supporters are “crazies” hardly reaches the level of criticism attached to McCain by liberal media and politicians in previous years, and yet it is now Trump who is being forcefully attacked for saying some of the very things regarding John McCain that were already, and often, said by others.

That isn’t happenstance, it’s a coordinated effort among Republicans, Democrats, and media cohorts.

It’s a conspiracy and if polling data is to be believed showing Donald Trump remaining an increasingly popular political candidate, it’s a conspiracy the American public is aware of and in the mood to repudiate.


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Media Bias Against Donald Trump Proven Without Doubt – And Establishment Republicans In On It

A portion of a response by Donald Trump has been used by the Mainstream Media and many of his own Republican presidential opponents to claim Mr. Trump accused longtime U.S. Senator John McCain of “not being a war hero.”

Regardless of whether or not one is a fan of Donald Trump, you should also ask if it makes sense to see the same Mainstream Media which has spent years attempting to diminish the Republican Party, now joining with some Republicans in an attempt to destroy a man who appears unwilling to play the politics of correctness. (Democrats like Hillary Clinton and John Kerry are also using the manufactured story to attack Trump as well.)

Award-winning reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who also found herself facing threats and intimidation when she sought to report on stories damaging to the Obama White House, was among the very first to point out the media conspiracy regarding what Donald Trump actually said about John McCain’s war service – and what he didn’t.

Here is what Attkisson had to say regarding the Trump-McCain dispute now being manipulated by the Mainstream Media:

An article in the Washington Post today is headlined, “Trump slams McCain for being ‘captured’ in Vietnam.”

The article’s lead sentence states, “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a decorated Vietnam War veteran, on Saturday by saying McCain was not a war hero because he was captured by the North Vietnamese [emphasis added].”

Is this report accurate?

In fact, Trump’s actual quote is the opposite of what is presented in the Post’s first sentence.

When a panelist characterized McCain as a “war hero,” the Post is accurate in reporting that Trump initially said McCain is “not a war hero.” But then, Trump immediately modified his statement saying– four times– that McCain is a war hero.

Trump actually said the opposite of what the Post lead sentence and video caption claim. The Post might have been able to get away stating that Trump “implied” McCain was not a war hero because McCain was captured, but even that would have been a subjective interpretation since Trump had actually stated the opposite.

Get entire Attkisson response HERE

While Attkisson should be congratulated for her efforts in clarifying what is, and remains, a highly misleading story created and being spread by the Mainstream Media – AND REPUBLICANS, the Washington Post story is the one gaining traction among a growing cadre of media and political Trump enemies. Candidates like Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Rick Perry are all demanding Trump either apologize (for something he didn’t actually say) or end his campaign. (Which would benefit them because Trump remains at the top of the polls.)

Does Donald Trump need to improve upon his ability to remain straight-talking but not give his enemies so much verbal ammo upon which to fire back on him? Absolutely. It is a glaring weakness in what remains a fascinating political event – the most interesting and thought-provoking GOP presidential campaign in quite some time.

Some are indicating Trump is finally showing signs of breaking under the combined weight of media and financial attack. One report suggested he has already lost nearly $50 million in business agreements due to his political statements. Now establishment Republicans, Democrats, and their media cohorts are clearly suggesting to Mr. Trump he could lose far more if he persists in attempting to not comply with their version of what a political candidate should be – namely one who doesn’t stray far from the power structure that dominates both parties.