Sen. John McCain, in a final message addressed to the American people, said he “lived and died a proud American,” and urged the nation to “not despair of our present difficulties” in a thinly veiled rebuke seemingly aimed at President Donald Trump.
The 81-year old Arizona senator passed away on Saturday after a year-long battle with brain cancer.
His farewell statement was released by his office on Monday.
McCain expressed his gratitude for having served in the Senate for more than 30 years, and said he was hopeful that America would come out from these “challenging times … stronger than before.”
“Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history,” McCain said.
He also took one last parting shot at the president.
“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. 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,” McCain said.