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McCain calls Putin ‘evil man’ out to ‘defeat the West’ in new memoir

Senator John McCain (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
May 11, 2018

An excerpt from Sen. John McCain’s upcoming memoir has been released, and McCain is not shy about his feelings toward Russian President Vladimir Putin.

McCain has long opposed Putin and was “alarmed” by the Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, as “any loyal American should be,” he wrote.

“Vladimir Putin is an evil man, and he is intent on evil deeds, which include the destruction of the liberal world order that the United States has led and that has brought more stability, prosperity and freedom to humankind than has ever existed in history,” McCain writes.

“He is exploiting the openness of our society and the increasingly acrimonious political divisions consuming us. He wants to widen those divides and paralyze us from responding to his aggression. He meddled in one election, and he will do it again because it worked and because he has not been made to stop,” McCain says.

“Putin’s goal isn’t to defeat a candidate or a party. He means to defeat the West,” the Senator points out.

McCain writes:

We must fight Vladimir Putin as determinedly as he fights us. We will stop him when we stop letting our partisan and personal interests expose our national security interests, even the integrity of our democracy and the rule of law, to his predation. We will stop him when we start believing in ourselves again and when we remember that our exceptionalism hasn’t anything to do with what we are—prosperous, powerful, envied—but with who we are: a people united by ideals, not ethnicity or geography, and determined to stand by those values, not just here at home but throughout the world.

“The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations” will be published May 22.