UPDATE, SEPT 3, 1320 GMT: I spoke on Monday afternoon with Monocle 24’s The Briefing about the politics of John McCain’s memorial, and why is it is justified:
Listen from 9:28:
There’s a great deal we could consider and criticize about John McCain’s approach to policies. But beyond all that was the idea that this man was a straight shooter, that he was always there to take positions which he honestly believed in, that he thought it was for the good of the country, and that he was willing to speak with his opponents with respect and decency about what they thought.
In the last months of his life, John McCain was talking about a danger to his America, to our America, and to the system with the idea that Donald Trump will not listen to opponents, will not listen with respect and decency, and is consumed by his own ego.
UPDATE, SEPT 3, 0900 GMT:: Using the McCain memorial, I spoke with John Nicolson of talkRADIO on Sunday in a 15-minute chat:
A lot of what is propelling this is not just those who liked John McCain, whether because of his policies or as a person, but also what they see as a threat to what McCain stood for and what they stand for — a threat coming from Donald Trump.
I joined George Howell and CNN International on Sunday morning to discuss 1) the latest in the Trump-Russia investigation, with former Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos confirming that Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions approved his meetings with Kremlin-linked contacts; and 2) John McCain’s memorial v. Trump’s tweets and golf on Saturday.
We’re seeing a question in the events of yesterday and, indeed, for weeks before this.
Do we want an America which gets back to values and decency and respect or do we want an America which is captives to one man’s tweets which sometimes — in my opinion — are far from decent and far from respectful.