Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Blog

In a Senate floor speech today, Sen. John McCain derided his fellow Republicans’ witch-hunt to root out infiltration by “Muslim Brotherhood operatives” and came to the defense of one of its chief targets, Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin. While Representative Keith Ellison has chided Representative Bachmann and her accomplices on their McCarthy-esque allegations, other lawmakers, like House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers (R-MI), have praised her unsubstantiated claims. Sen. McCain in contrast, showed willingness to take on members of his own party in defending Ms. Abedin and other targets of the Bachmann-led witch-hunt. McCain had this to say of Bachmann’s letters and her “scurrilous” 16 page accounting of the sources of her allegations:

“To say that the accusations made in both documents are not substantiated by the evidence they offer is to be overly polite and diplomatic about it. It is far better, and more accurate, to talk straight: These allegations about Huma, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable citizen, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant.”

Sen. McCain also made note of the hurtful consequences of such attacks on the many ethnic Americans who serve their country at all levels of public service and elected office. Noting his personal relationship with Ms. Abedin, he argued that she “represents what is best about America.” McCain pointed out that the issue at stake is much more significant than simply the reputation of Ms. Abedin, stating “When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it.”

Senator McCain’s speech is an important step in what will hopefully become a broader repudiation of Representative Michelle Bachmann’s witch-hunt. Watch the video of Senator McCain’s speech below, and contact your member of Congress and ask them to join Rep. Ellison and Sen. McCain in taking a stand against hate and fear-mongering.

Senator McCain put out a press release of today's address. Read it here.

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