U.S. Senator John McCain passed away on Saturday aged 81 at home in Hidden Valley, in Sedona, Arizona after a year-long battle with brain cancer.
He had been battling glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, discovered in July 2017.
And now, his last words were revealed on Monday in Arizona which included a rebuke to President Donald Trump, when his longtime aide Rick Davis read a statement McCain dictated in his final days of life.
McCain’s statement read:
”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.”
“I lived and died a proud American. We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideas, not blood and soil.”
“Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not trade a day of my life, in good or bad times, for the best day of anyone else’s.”
“We are three-hundred-and-twenty-five million opinionated, vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates.”
Watch Rick Davis reading McCain’s last words
Video Credit: Reuters
“But we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country we will get through these challenging times. We will come through them stronger than before. We always do.”
“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.”
Davis confirmed President Donald Trump will not attend McCain’s funeral. He said:
“The president will not be, as far as we know, attending”
There will be a memorial service for him on Thursday at the North Phoenix Baptist Church and Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona will give a benediction and former Vice President Joe Biden will give a tribute.
McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol building on Friday.
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