Sen. John McCain again proved why he’s every liberal’s favorite conservative today by reaching across the aisle to smack down Rep. Michele Bachmann in connection with her inquiries into the Muslim Brotherhood and its possible influence within the United States government.
McCain spoke out on the Senate floor in direct support of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin. Bachmann had pointed out in a letter to the Inspector General of the Secretary of State that Abedin’s late father, mother and brother have connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.
McCain was effusive in his defense of Abedin:
Put simply, Huma represents what is best about America: the daughter of immigrants, who has risen to the highest levels of our government on the basis of her substantial personal merit and her abiding commitment to the American ideals that she embodies so fully. I am proud to know Huma, and to call her my friend.
All Americans owe Huma a debt of gratitude for her many years of superior public service. I hope these ugly and unfortunate attacks on her can be immediately brought to an end and put behind us before any further damage is done to a woman, an American, of genuine patriotism and love of country.
In turn, Twitter’s praise of McCain was effusive as well.
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) July 18, 2012
Good on Sen. John McCain for smacking down Michele Bachmann's attack on Huma Abedin http://t.co/iYpH5ti1
— Ed Schultz (@edshow) July 18, 2012
.@statedept on Huma Abedin & house GOP smear: the secretary very much values her wise council & support/these allegations are preposterous
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) July 18, 2012
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) July 18, 2012
I stand with #Huma. Read McCain slams Bachmann for her “unwarranted and unfounded” attack on a top aide to Secretary of State Clinton.
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) July 18, 2012
Rep. Bachmann’s accusations about Sec. Clinton aide Huma Abedin are out-of-line. This kind of rhetoric has no place in our public discourse
— Scott P. Brown (@SenScottBrown) July 18, 2012
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 19, 2012
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) July 18, 2012
Cheers for John McCain slamming Michelle Bachman's 'specious degrading ignorance http://t.co/lHCjv7ec
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 19, 2012
McCain’s words apparently excuse him (at least today) from the “crazy wingnut lunatic” label.
To paraphrase Dumbledore It takes great deal more bravery to stand up to your friends You're a brave man Sen McCain http://t.co/7IO6jxSZ
— Deborah Smerek (@dsmerek) July 18, 2012
Republicans are up to their crazy shinanigans again. Please, because Huma is Muslim does not mean she is a terrorist spy. #Stupid
— Austin Halliday (@BlueNutella_) July 19, 2012
— James Lusher (@LusherJ) July 18, 2012
— Walter Onacewicz (@WalterOnacewicz) July 18, 2012
.@AC360 talking about Michelle Bachmann's allegations re Huma. Skirting around Michelle's lunacy but covering the repercussions of it.
— Sweetbay (@sweetbay) July 19, 2012
It's nice to see Huma Abedin trending worldwide. Michele Backmann and her band of Islamophobic Republicans need to be exposed.
— Hisham Rana, MD (@hrana) July 19, 2012
Sen. John McCain told off those crazy republicans. He is a republican also but he has his sanity unlike the others.
— Max Kolbe (@PenzCee) July 19, 2012
Did u even READ the letters? @abcnews McCain Defends Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Against Bachmann Accusation About Muslim Brotherhood
— Christoph Lollimon (@chouston34) July 19, 2012
Bachmann responded with a link to the original letters referred to by McCain as well as a request: “I encourage everyone, including media outlets, to read them in their entirety.”
— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) July 18, 2012