In several instances, he is given the chance to leave before other captured US soldiers because of his father’s position in the military, but refuses special treatment.
In February, for instance, after Trump lashed out at Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in a phone call, McCain called the Australian ambassador in the US to reassure him about his “unwavering support for the US-Australia alliance.” He also praised the “universal values” of Nato in Munich.
Still, that puts him in the lower tier, support-wise, of most Republicans, who have mostly voted consistently with Trump on his cabinet picks, for example.
What’s the point of a critical voice that still mostly votes in line with what the White House wants?
As news of McCain’s illness spread overnight in the US, one of the most-spread items on social media was a clip of him from the 2008 presidential campaign, pushing back against the right-wing conspiracy theory that Obama was an “Arab” and someone Americans should be “scared” of.