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WILL HE RESPOND, OR WILL THERE BE SILENCE 47 YEARS LATER?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 9, 2016) — On Tuesday morning, The Post & Email reported that last Thursday, TruNews radio hosted investigative journalist Charles C. Johnson, who alleged that he obtained a recording from the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA, “National Archives” for short) of Sen. John McCain reciting communist propaganda which was broadcast by the North Vietnamese in 1969 to demoralize U.S. troops.
McCain, a four-term U.S. Senator seeking a fifth in November should he receive the majority of votes in the August 30 primary, has based his public service on his “war hero” status after he spent five and one-half years in captivity by the North Vietnamese following the take-down of his airplane on October 26, 1967.
The audio depicts the speaker stating his identity as “Lt. Commander John McCain” born in Panama on August 29, 1936 and praising the North Vietnamese for giving him fine medical care during his reported recuperation from broken limbs following the crash.
In 2000, McCain was a Republican presidential primary contender, ultimately losing the nomination to George W. Bush. In 2008, he was the party’s presidential nominee but lost to Barack Hussein Obama.
In a sharp admonition of 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump following Trump’s Twitter response to DNC speaker and Gold Star father Khizr Khan last week, McCain issued a lengthy statement published by CNN which reads, in part:
In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents. He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service. I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.
Make no mistake: I do not valorize our military out of some unfamiliar instinct. I grew up in a military family, and have my own record of service, and have stayed closely engaged with our armed forces throughout my public career. In the American system, the military has value only inasmuch as it protects and defends the liberties of the people…
In the end, I am morally bound to speak only to the things that command my allegiance, and to which I have dedicated my life’s work: the Republican Party, and more importantly, the United States of America. I will not refrain from doing my utmost by those lights simply because it may benefit others with whom I disagree.
I claim no moral superiority over Donald Trump. I have a long and well-known public and private record for which I will have to answer at the Final Judgment, and I repose my hope in the promise of mercy and the moderation of age. I challenge the nominee to set the example for what our country can and should represent.
Arizona is watching. It is time for Donald Trump to set the example for our country and the future of the Republican Party. While our Party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.
Trump had rhetorically asked in one of his tweets whether or not he had the right to “respond” against Khan’s character and qualifications assault during his DNC speech on July 28.
Since giving the speech, Khan appears to have taken down his professional website which described his work as a New York-based attorney, including the procuring of “investor” visas for wealthy overseas individuals wishing to come to the United States.
Khan’s resume, as well, has raised questions as a result of his claim to a law degree from the University of Missouri on two essays he wrote in the early 1980s but a parallel claim to a law degree obtained from Harvard without mentioning the U of M.
The University of Missouri has not responded to The Post & Email’s inquiry made last week regarding whether or not records exist in any form of graduates from the law school from the 1980s. Last winter, Harvard Law School ignored The Post & Email’s letter requesting the release of applications for then-presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Obama.
McCain’s daughter Meghan, who has made it clear that she is not a Trump supporter, was indignant on an edition of Fox News Channel’s “Outnumbered” last week after Trump had at first refused to endorse her father’s re-election bid. Meghan had told the other female co-hosts and guest Mike Baker that Trump had no idea what it was like to see family members go off to war. “This is the first time in my entire life I’ve had my family’s service to this country questioned,” she said.
Congressional leaders and former Trump primary opponents criticized Trump for his remarks responsive to Khan’s criticism, characterizing Trump’s statements as “disrespectful” and lacking in “empathy.”
On Tuesday evening, The Post & Email contacted McCain through his U.S. Senate website to inquire as to the authenticity of the audio played on the TruNews broadcast obtained by Johnson.
After pressing “Submit,” we received the following confirmation of our message:
The Post & Email will report if and when a response is received from McCain’s Senate office.
Update, August 10, 2016, 9:39 p.m. EDT: The Post & Email called McCain’s Washington, DC office to obtain the email address of his media representative, then sent the following to Brian Rogers:
A journalist named Charles C. Johnson and TruNews Radio reported last Thursday that a recording of Sen. McCain from 1969 reciting propaganda for the North Vietnamese was obtained from the National Archives. You can hear the broadcast in which the recording is played here:
The discussion about the Senator begins at approximately the 13-minute mark.
May I obtain comment from you as to whether or not the recording alleged to be that of Sen. McCain’s voice is authentic?
Thank you very much.
Sharon Rondeau, Editor
The Post & Email
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Canterbury, CT 06331-0113