In the day following the Senate Republicans’ failure to repeal Obamacare, as a result of the dissenting votes of Murkowski, Collins, and McCain, angry Trump-loyalists littered the front-page of Voat, savaging John McCain for his disloyalty.
Some seized on the perceived hypocrisy of his previous campaign promises, including an ad that pitched McCain as “Leading the fight to stop Obamacare.”
A stream of comments rip McCain apart, deriding him as “proof the devil is real,” as well as a “skullfucked turd.”
With some florid homophobic language, a dash of racial epithets, and a touch of all-caps rage, another user took to Voat.co with his frustrations. Rather than acknowledging the lack of leadership or vision demonstrated by President Trump, this user blames the Arizona electorate for this setback to Obamacare repeal. But hey, maybe next election, the alt-right can finally get the Gila Monster they’ve always wanted into the Senate.
Another user, seeing McCain’s vote as a slight against Trump, posted an article from Truthfeed, by senior writer Amy Moreno, that uses reporting from McClatchy out of context to suggest that the Arizona senator somehow masterminded the leak of the Steele dossier. As they say, “You knew I was a snake before you let me in,” right?
And naturally, a user or two seized upon the senator’s brain cancer. It seems both sides, Obamacare supporters and critics, feel that McCain’s diagnosis should rally him to their side. Those on the left suggest that the healthcare treatment he’s received should endear him to allow others to receive quality insurance through Obamacare. This particular user feels that the treatment McCain received as a senator outstrips the coverage offered through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
But was McCain’s vote “political game playing” as this user suggests? He’s just recently won reelection, and it’s hard to believe he’ll be around long enough to run for senator again. One would think that this vote is the truest reflection of what McCain believes is best for his state and for the American people.
Still, the future of healthcare reform remains a mystery. Obamacare remains law of the land for now, but it may be a matter of time before Congress formulates a bill that even McCain, Murkowski, and Collins can get behind.