Cancer-stricken Sen. John McCain wrote in his new book that his current term would be his last so he believed he could speak his mind about the current political climate.
“This is my last term. If I hadn’t admitted that to myself before this summer, a stage 4 cancer diagnosis acts as ungentle persuasion,” he wrote in the book, “The Restless Wave,” read an excerpt published on Apple News on Monday.
“I’m freer than colleagues who will face the voters again. I can speak my mind without fearing the consequences much. And I can vote my conscience without worry.”
McCain wrote disparagingly of President Trump, who once mocked McCain, saying the Arizona Republican wasn’t a war hero because he was captured after his plane was shot down over Vietnam.
“I like people that weren’t captured,” Trump said in July 2015.
“He has declined to distinguish the actions of our government from the crimes of despotic ones. The appearance of toughness, or a reality show facsimile of toughness, seems to matter more than any of our values,” the 2008 GOP presidential nominee wrote.
“I would like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different,” he wrote.
“We are citizens of a republic made of shared ideals forged in a new world to replace the tribal enmities that tormented the old one. Even in times of political turmoil such as these, we share that awesome heritage and the responsibility to embrace it.”
McCain, 81, revealed last summer that he had terminal brain cancer, and has been receiving treatment ever since.
“’The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it,’ spoke my hero, Robert Jordan, in ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls,’” McCain wrote.
“And I do, too. I hate to leave it. But I don’t have a complaint. Not one. It’s been quite a ride. I’ve known great passions, seen amazing wonders, fought in a war, and helped make a peace. I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times.”