MSNBC Praises McCain’s ‘Courageous’ No Vote: ‘It Was a McCain Moment’

BRZEZINSKI: “Kasie Hunt, wow, what a scene on Capitol Hill. What a failure for President Trump.”

HUNT: “It was an incredibly dramatic night, Mika. And Senator McCain the center of it all. He and Mike Pence huddling on the Senate floor, huddling in the cloak room. Pence was there to cast that deciding vote. And ultimately McCain, when he walked out, told reporters he did it because he thought it was the right thing to do. He had been talking with Chuck Schumer as well throughout the night, we are reporting, and was really the surprise linchpin. He came back a few days ago after the President said, ‘Well, he’s a crusty voice in Washington but we need his vote.’ And McCain gave him that vote to start this debate and then he took a lot of heat for it. People called him hypocritical. They said, ‘Okay, John McCain, you talk a big game,’ he gave that very emotional floor speech, ‘but you’re not willing to follow through.’ And last night he followed through. There was a very strange scenario, I’ve never really covered anything like it on Capitol Hill, where Republicans came out last night and they said, ‘We’re going to vote to pass this just as long as you promise us that it never actually becomes a law,’ which is a very strange thing for them to be advocating. And McCain ultimately decided to stand up and follow through on it. This is somebody who doesn’t have much to lose from an electoral perspective, he is obviously battling a very difficult disease, and he has prided himself over a very long career on being somebody who takes courageous stance, Mika.”

BRZEZINSKI: “It certainly was a McCain moment.”

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