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donderdag 16 maart 2017

Post Modern McCarthyism

WATCH: John McCain says Rand Paul is “working for Vladimir Putin,” Paul calls McCain “unhinged” 

The two Republicans are in the middle of a bitter back-and-forth, and it all started with NATO 

WATCH: John McCain says Rand Paul is "working for Vladimir Putin," Paul calls McCain "unhinged"(Credit: AP/Ross D. Franklin/Timothy D. Easley)

Two prominent Republicans are in the middle of a bitter war of words, and it all started with Russia.

Sen. Rand Paul, R- Ky. — who received flak last month for saying he opposed an investigation of President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia because he didn’t want “Republicans investigate Republicans” — was called out by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for blocking a treaty that would have hindered Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy goals by helping Montenegro join NATO.
The treaty, which required unanimous consent in the Senate to pass, was opposed by only Paul.
Before Paul voted against the treaty, McCain warned that “if there’s objection, you are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin . . . and I do not say that lightly.”
After Paul quickly entered the room, stated his objection, and then wordlessly left, McCain vehemently denounced his actions.
“I note the Senator from Kentucky leaving the floor without justification or any rationale for the action that he has just taken,” McCain said. “That is really remarkable. That a senator blocking a treaty that is supported by the overwhelming number — perhaps 98, at least, of his colleagues — would come to the floor, and object, and walk away. And walk away! The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is he has no argument to be made. He has no justification for his objection to having a small nation be part of NATO, that is under assault from the Russians.”
Matthew Rozsa
Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and his work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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