Russian policymakers are openly spitting on the grave of Senator John McCain. As far as the country’s policymakers and media personalities are concerned, “The enemy is dead.” Senator McCain who served as chairman of the Armed Forces Committee and ran for President in 2000 and 2008 died on Saturday at age 81.
Many around the world have been mourning the passing of the Senator, a courtesy that has apparently not extended to Moscow. McCain was a longtime critic of Vladimir Putin and called Russia’s President an “evil man” in May of this year. Russian media commentators wasted no time in criticizing the late Senator for his anti-Kremlin comments.
Oleg Morozov, a member of the Federation Council’s Foreign Affairs Committee said, “The enemy is dead…May the Lord accept his dark soul and determine his future.” He added, “He was good in his hatred toward Russia. He was the symbol of contemporary overt anti-Russian thinking.”
Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of the RT news network said, “As a good Christian, I wish all the staunch enemies of my motherland peace and quiet. In the afterlife, of course.” Chechen leader Ramona Kadyrov added, “He stood out among American politicians for his inexplicable and incomprehensible resentment of Russia. He didn’t like the very fact of its existence.”
The criticism continues with Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of the Federation Council’s Foreign Affairs Committee. “His only ideology was to ‘defend your own and attack others,’ where the only criterion was loyalty to America and American interests, and not the criteria of peace, good, and justice.”
Kosachev went on to say, “In that sense, McCain reflected the era in which he grew up and became a politician. An era of dividing the world into “us” and “them.” A “Cold War” era in which our country was and remained his principal enemy.”
Senator McCain may not be remembered fondly in Russia, but here in the U.S., he has been praised as a true American hero and fighter. John McCain won the hearts of many Americans over the years with his unwavering support of American politics and bipartisanship.
While Russia may be speaking out against McCain, many leaders around the world have voiced their support for his character. French President Emmanuel Macro sent out this admirable tweet.
John McCain was a true American hero. He devoted his entire life to his country. His voice will be missed. Our respectful thoughts go to his beloved ones.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 26, 2018