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John McCain Accepts Liberty Medal, Slams ‘Half-Baked, Spurious Nationalism’

On Monday night in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center awarded Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) the Liberty Medal “for his lifetime of sacrifice and service.” After accepting the award from former Vice President Joe Biden, an emotional McCain mixed self-deprecating humor with a strong endorsement of American leadership and participation in “the international order we helped build from the ashes of world war.” In what was widely seen as a rebuke to President Trump, whom he did not mention, McCain criticized as unpatriotic those who would “abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe … for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems.”

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