Australian Media Invokes The Ghost Of John McCain To Troll Donald Trump

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Australia’s national news service trolls Trump in the wake of news that there is a shadow government inside the Trump administration working to “thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, otherwise known as ABC News in the land down under, published a remarkable opinion article weighing in on another explosive opinion piece that was published Wednesday afternoon by The New York Times.

That article, published anonymously by The New York Times, detailed the efforts by members of “the resistance” within the Trump administration

“The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making,” the NY Times article stated.

Continuing, the NY Times‘ anonymous contributor wrote: “Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.”

ABC News weighed in on the piece in The New York Times, reporting that:

It came on the heels of excerpts from legendary political journalist Bob Woodward’s new book, Fear, scheduled to be published next Tuesday, which relies heavily on unnamed as well as named sources.

Both describe a White House in which administration officials regularly try to control the President, and prevent actions that could endanger the country.

However, it’s the fourth and final section of the article that caught our attention. With the heading: “Will the ghost of John McCain haunt Trump?” it began by recounting the late Senator’s final message to the American people.

“We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe,” he wrote, adding: “We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.”

Continuing, ABC News wrote:

Something that’s apparently not in Woodward’s book, but which was widely circulated on social media, was a rumour that Mr Trump believes there are ghosts in the White House.

It seemed plausible, given that the White House has been said to be populated by ghosts for as far back as the 1860s.

And, the spoofsters reasoned, it might explain why Mr Trump spends so much time away from the residence on weekends, playing golf.

Well, if there are really are ghosts in the White House, perhaps they’ve now been joined by McCain.


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