Many social media users said they missed McCain for how he handled the racism before him — and lamented the poor state of American politics.
The late Republican Sen. John McCain's defense of then-Sen. Barack Obama from a racist voter at a 2008 town hall is going viral after President Donald Trump did not stop racism at his Wednesday evening rally in North Carolina.
At the rally, Trump did nothing to stop his supporters from chanting "send her back!"
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The video highlights the stark difference between how Trump and McCain dealt with racism at their political rallies.
The 2008 McCain campaign event was particularly charged as voters expressed their raw anger and fear at the idea of an Obama presidency.
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