What John McCain could say

[This is … hopeful fiction]

My fellow Americans,

When I ran for President in 2008, in the last stretch of the campaign, a woman at one of my rallies stood up and expressed fears about Obama because “he’s an Arab.” I could have stoked those fears, and many Republicans wanted me to. Instead, I chose to answer “no, Ma’am, he’s a decent family man, a citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues.” I chose decency over easy political gain and demagoguery. (Ignore for a moment the implication that “Arab” and “decent family man” are opposites.)

At some point we must all remember that we are Americans above all. That many of our brothers and sisters are Americans and Muslims, and that, thanks to our Constitution, there’s no conflict in saying “American” and “Muslim” in the same sentence. Captain Humayun Khan demonstrated the power of our Constitution with his ultimate sacrifice for his country. For our country, because he and I belong the same amazing country that doesn’t discriminate on the basis of your gender, race, background, or sexual orientation.

So let me get to the point. I have many disagreements with Hillary Clinton. I despise many of her policy proposals. But she is a decent woman with a long track record of helping her fellow Americans, even when I believe the type of help she’s providing is misguided.

Donald Trump is anything but decent. He is incapable of showing respect to anyone who doesn’t support him. He cannot see the humanity in others, because there is barely any humanity in him.

So today, my fellow Americans, I choose to place country above party. I revoke my endorsement of Donald Trump, and I urge you all to vote for Hillary Clinton. I don’t agree with everything she says, but she is a good person with a good heart and the drive to make America better. Her opponent is unfit for duty, unfit for political service, and unfit for American leadership.

-John McCain.