Hasn’t this poor woman been through enough in the past year? Apparently John McCain thinks so, as he strongly and eloquently spoke up today on the floor of the U.S. Senate in defense of Huma Abedin. Recent allegations have been raised against Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, demanding an investigation into her possible ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and conspiracies against the United States. To say Senator McCain went to bat for Abedin is an understatement. He discussed his high level of professional respect for her, as well as vouched for her personal character.
As far as the report on which these allegations were based, “The Muslim Brotherhood in America” produced by the Center for Security Policy, McCain decries it as baseless. “These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis, and no merit,” he said. “And they need to stop now.” It is evident from his comments that McCain feels strongly that Ms. Adebin is not only innocent, but a model American citizen, especially considering he was making an exception even by making the speech. He said:
“Mr. President: Rarely do I come to the floor of this institution to discuss particular individuals. But I understand how painful and injurious it is when a person’s character, reputation, and patriotism are attacked without concern for fact or fairness. It is for that reason that I rise today to speak in defense of Huma Abedin.”
Finally, McCain (or whoever wrote this statement) beautifully wrapped up his comments by making this issue about much more than an attack on one individual. “Ultimately, what is at stake in this matter is larger even than the reputation of one person,” he said. “This is about who we are as a nation, and who we aspire to be. What makes America exceptional among the countries of the world is that we are bound together as citizens not by blood or class, not by sect or ethnicity, but by a set of enduring, universal, and equal rights that are the foundation of our constitution, our laws, our citizenry, and our identity. When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it.”
Not matter what side of the aisle you sit on, if that doesn’t make you feel proud to be an American, I don’t know what will. Way to go Mr. McCain, and I hope this is the beginning of a much calmer year for Huma Abedin.