Top McCain aide says he’d back Clinton over Trump


Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is pictured with his adviser Mark Salter during a walk through on stage at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is pictured with his adviser Mark Salter during a walk through on stage at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Hillary Clinton has an unexpected ally: a former top adviser to John McCain.

Mark Salter, a confidant of the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, tweeted Tuesday “the GOP is going to nominate for President a guy who reads the National Enquirer and thinks it’s on the level. I’m with her.”

Salter was referring to a report Trump cited Tuesday morning from the tabloid, which alleged that it had identified Rafael Cruz, Ted Cruz’s father, in a photo with Lee Harvey Oswald months prior to the JFK assassination. CNN has not independently confirmed that report. “I’m with her” is a common phrase Clinton’s supporters have used in their social media posts to show their endorsement.

Tuesday’s tweet isn’t the first time Salter has expressed a preference for Clinton over Trump. In a February Real Clear Politics column, Salter lashed at Trump, writing, “he’s trying to make us the worst we can be to satisfy his own vainglory.”

“If you can see him plainly and you love our country, you must vote against him. Even if that means electing Hillary Clinton,” Salter wrote.

Salter, a former chief of staff to McCain, served on both of the Arizona senator’s unsuccessful presidential campaigns as a senior adviser.

McCain, however, reiterated to MSNBC Tuesday night a statement he’s made before that he planned to support the GOP nominee, regardless of who it was, and said he would advise Trump on foreign policy if he asked him to.

“I would advise anyone who asks,” McCain said.

Also on Tuesday, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham — a longtime friend of McCain’s — tweeted, “Any doubt left Trump is completely unhinged? His assertion Ted Cruz’s father was associated with Lee Harvey Oswald should remove ALL doubt.”

Salter and Graham’s tweets come as Trump appears close to securing the Republican nomination. A decisive win Tuesday in the Indiana primary would establish him as the all-but-certain presumptive Republican presidential nominee.



112 responses to “Top McCain aide says he’d back Clinton over Trump”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    I HAD been waiting for this one to get a ‘blip’ in ‘World News’ … but Oh well …

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      This was ‘floated’ on the web … hate to tell the person who asked that The World ran out of money trying to ‘help’ a billion refugees or suffering the effects of them.

      1. Matrix Avatar

        According to… that Hind told us about.
        Russia offers water bombers, however I can’t find any news about it on news.

        They are preoccupied with the marketing of the “Battle-tested hardware” (in Syria….) – and the ” ‘holy war’ on terrorism” .

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          ‘News’ is a little shaky at times. It’s ‘big’ here .. worth 3 mins of TV time each night. ;-))
          Red Cross gets 30 mil from citizens to help with relief efforts of 88,000 displaced people, people donate clothes and living space, etc. No-one will be allowed back until everything is ‘cleared’ … although some have no home to go back to, and unless there’s a lot of rain, it will be months. Nature Refugees.
          NOT sure about Russia … they send their bombers to ‘test’ NORAD all the time. Might as well grab a couple of those and convert them to water-bombing. ;-)))

          1. Matrix Avatar

            I wish you a really “bad” weather, judging by the forecast, you need it really pronto – rain, rain and more rain!


          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Wow. Someone is going to get 24??? Niiiccceee … ;-)))

          3. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            How come you say that..did you read it? It’s CTV Canadian News…

          4. 5thDrawer Avatar

            I read it, The ‘most popular’ news channel, 🙂

          5. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Today after “politic” blabla..he declined the offer, he had said unlike Harper he would like good relations with Russia. Those damn oil sands.


          6. 5thDrawer Avatar

            ‘Fiberals’ at work, my friend.
            ‘Oh, we’re Ok, and all is fine and dandy ..’ (add smile and say thanks…)
            Russia IS one country with Big Equipment too … damn ..

            I hear the air-waves are tight with the packs of planes flying there, however … danger is in keeping the planes from hitting each other. One at least taking off using instruments because they can’t see in the smoke…

          7. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Now the ‘Big Discussion’ is about Insurance Company ‘costs’. Oh horrors ….

          8. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Proud to accept help.. or (Bnai Brith)..

            ”Smith told CBC of the ban on his writing about Adelson. “I was reminded in a heated meeting of my salary at the paper, of my need for insurance in my life. That was all held over my head right before I handed in my resignation.”


        2. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          “According to… that Hind told us about.
          Russia offers water bombers, however I can’t find any news about it on news.”

          I haven’t “told” you anything to you why you meddle? I sent the link to 5th in response as a Canadian. My link is correct, not yours..

          1. Matrix Avatar

            Your post is not encrypted…..
            I understand why my link is not correct.
            No one should know how the Russian make business withe the “Battle-tested hardware” (in Syria….).
            I assume that there is a prohibition to criticize your beloved Russians, they are helping the syrias with the “Battle-tested hardware”….

            The Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to the Russian officer slain in Syria.

          2. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Yes i love Russia a great country great Ballet great Writers great Army.

          3. Matrix Avatar

            I’m referring to the Putin Russian regime, not the culture of great Ballet great Writers.

            The great Ballet and the great Writers didn’t ruled over us, it was the russin Communist Party that made it with the help of STASI!

          4. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            You said “Your beloved Russians”. Case closed.

          5. Matrix Avatar

            Я люблю мать россия…. LOL.

          6. Matrix Avatar

            I don’t need any YouTube propaganda.

            Thankfully these arrogant vodka stinking soldiers are back in their homeland, they can No more blight the live of us.

          7. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Then shut up. You were doing your arrogant propaganda.
            They were celebrating 1945 Nazi capitulation. You stink

          8. Matrix Avatar

            Soviet union was not the only one fighting the Nazi Germany.

            In Europe, V-Day commemorations started on Sunday, as the Nazi Germany’s Instrument of Surrender came into force at 22:43 CET on May 8, 1945. In Moscow it was already 00:43, on May 9.

            Only Russians commemorat this V-day with the muscular demonstration of the army.

            You priced the Russian “great Ballet great Writers”, but you can’t maintain a civilized language…..

          9. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            You neither.

          10. Matrix Avatar

            Maintain a civilized language…..

          11. Matrix Avatar

            Give me a sense that defines your “You neither”.

          12. Matrix Avatar

            Pinpoint my “arrogant propaganda”.

            Russia wasn’t the only one fighting against nazi Germany…..

            Don’t forget it!

          13. “Thankfully these arrogant vodka stinking soldiers are back in their homeland…”
            If only…

          14. Matrix Avatar

            They returnd as rubel tourists, however now they are invisible.

            The rubel is useless and the sanctions turned them into unwanted tourists.

          15. Thought you were referring to Syria…

          16. Matrix Avatar

            I didn’t, however they are still in large numbers and hardware in Syria.
            Soviet Victory Banner in Syria: Russian and Syrian troops mark Victory Day at Khmeimim airbase.

            It is well known that the red army had many generals in the red army, however I didn’t know that syrian troops marched against nazi germany….

            Look at Putin’s private friends, the ultranationalist bikers “Nochniye Volki” (Night Wolves)…….

            A Russian nationalist biker gang have said that they want to ride to Berlin for a rally marking the anniversary of the end of World War II.
            Following on from their previous journey covering the same route in 2015 – which aims to retrace and re-enact the Soviet Red Army’s march towards Berlin 70 years ago at the end of the conflict – the gang say they want to “remind” the world of Russia’s role.

            Zoldostanov receiving a medal from Putin in 2013.


          17. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Kimmy in North Korea does the Soldier’s Ballet quite well too. :-))

          18. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Russia is not Communist anymore they were commemorating 1945 victory with both period flag, and actual flag. 20 millions died in W.W2. Bolshevism was created by Khazar Jews.
            If you miss the Chah of Iran listen to what he says (among other famous people).

          19. Matrix Avatar

            Why should I miss the Shah of Iran?

            In the midst of World War II in 1941, Nazi Germany began Operation Barbarossa and invaded the Soviet Union, breaking the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

            Later that year British and Soviet forces occupied Iran in a military invasion, forcing Reza Shah to abdicate.
            Iran became a major conduit for British and, later, American aid to the USSR during the war.
            This massive supply effort became known as the Persian Corridor.

            Without the American aid to the USSR, USSR wouldn’t defeat the nazi Wehrmacht.

          20. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Why aggravating music plays in these things when people talk is beyond me, but it ruins the concentration on the words.

          21. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            I thought the same it was Irritating..

          22. Matrix Avatar

            “Russia is not Communist anymore”, thank you for the elucidation I must have missed this news…..

          23. Matrix Avatar

            How stupid can you be, or pretend not to understand that I am referring to the ruling elite (Putin & Co.), not the people without power in today’s Russia or had been in the Soviet Union era.

            “Russian destroyer” it says on the woman’s placard depicting Lenin, Stalin and Putin, and “Stop lying,” it says to read the placard, which a woman holds up during a demonstration in Moscow. Photo: Alexander Zemljanitjenko / AP

          24. The degenerate half-literate Baathist mooches off Canadian welfare and loves the Russian ballet… What is wrong with humanity?

          25. Matrix Avatar

            She forgot that russia wasn’t fighting alone against nazi germany…..

          26. I strongly doubt she can point Russia out on a map (well, maybe she can ballpark it, given the country’s vastness).

          27. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Quote Russian Literature, did you read Dostoevsky for ex..I read them all.
            How did the Poet Pushkin die. Not interested in Culture? Zionist only live in for violence and destruction.

          28. Matrix Avatar

            As many in those days also Pushkin pay with his life challenged Natalya’s alleged lover, to a duel.
            He was hit in the right lower abdomen, that resulted with his death.

            Yes Russia sold Alaska, Russia was in a difficult financial position as they are today.

            Now tell me why you AGAIN mixing in Zionism, and this time with Russian culture?

          29. “Now tell me why you AGAIN mixing in Zionism, and this time with Russian culture”
            Because the “Khazar Jooz” are only thing she (it) actually cares about.

          30. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            “Khazar Joos”
            From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down to Trotsky (Russia), Bela Kun (Hungary), Rosa Luxemburg (Germany), and Emma Goldman (United States), this world-wide revolutionary conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing.

            (It played, as a modern writer, Mrs. Webster has ably shown, a definite recognizable part in the tragedy of the French Revolution.

            It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the Nineteenth Century; and now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworlds of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads and have become practically the undisputed masters of the enormous empire.)

            There is no need to exaggerate the part played in the creating of Bolshevism and in the actual bringing about of the Russian Revolution by these international and for the most part atheistic Jews.

            It is certainly the very great one; it probably outweighs all others.

            With the notable exception of Lenin, the majority of the leading figures are Jews.

          31. The fun thing about demented lowlifes like yourself is the total predictability of their reactions. Just use one of those code words, and voila – you got yourself a bedsheet-size rant straight from the loony bin. 🙂

          32. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Loosing time and intellectual credibility

          33. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Who cares

          34. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Zionism is mixed with everything going on in the World, It’s a Matrix.

          35. Matrix Avatar

            Poor little Hind, you are becoming completely devoured by Zionism….. 😉

          36. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Poor Matrix

            “The Bolshevik revolution in Russia was the work of Jewish brains, of Jewish dissatisfaction, of Jewish planning, whose goal is to create a new order in the world. What was performed in so excellent a way in Russia, thanks to Jewish brains, and because of Jewish dissatisfaction and by Jewish planning, shall also, through the same Jewish mental and physical forces, become a reality all over the world.” (The American Hebrew, September 10, 1920)

            “There is much in the fact of Bolshevism itself, in the fact that so many Jews are Bolshevists. The ideals of Bolshevism are consonant with many of the highest ideals of Judaism.” (Jewish Chronicle, London April, 4, 1919) “Some call it Marxism I call it Judaism.” (The American Bulletin, Rabbi S. Wise, May 5, 1935).

            “In the Bolshevik era, 52 percent of the membership of the Soviet communist party was Jewish, though Jews comprised only 1.8 percent of the total population.” (Stuart Kahan, The Wolf of the Kremlin, p. 81)

            Interestingly, one of the first acts by the Bolsheviks was to make so-called “anti-Semitism” a capital crime. This is confirmed by Stalin himself:

            “National and racial chauvinism is a vestige of the misanthropic customs characteristic of the period of cannibalism. Anti-semitism, as an extreme form of racial chauvinism, is the most dangerous vestige of cannibalism…under USSR law active anti-Semites are liable to the death penalty.” (Stalin, Collected Works, vol. 13, p. 30).

            While Christian churches across Russia were being destroyed and clergymen murdered by Communist gangs, synagogues and rabbis were left virtually untouched.

            It was during this time that Bolshevik Commissars (many of them Jews) conducted a horrendous reign of terror against the non-Jewish Russian population. In one case alone, they deliberately starved to death 20 million Ukrainian farmers during the 1920’s in one of the most vile campaigns in history: In (the) Ukraine, “Jews made up nearly 80 percent of the rank-and-file Cheka agents,” reports W. Bruce Lincoln, an American professor of Russian history. . . ”

            Some modern historians estimate that upwards of 85-110 million persons were murdered in the 70 years of communist rule in Russia, many of them directly at the hands of Jews, and under the order of Jewish Communist bosses.

          37. Matrix Avatar

            You seem to be well read on the subject of Jews and Zionists, but I’m questionable if I dare to buy what you sell.

            You are merely one of those who are obsessed with the Jewish conspiracy theory.

            You may continue with what you do, it does not bother me.
            The only ones who are disturbed by you are the Jews and Zionists, but you already know it……

          38. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            So don’t bother me.

          39. Matrix Avatar

            In the future I will ask you for advice regarding Jews and Zionists – you are after all the expert in this field…..

            I am convinced that the Jews and the Zionists now regarding me as an enemy, but who cares.

          40. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Winston Churchill
            ‘And it may well be that this same astounding race may at the present time be in the actual process of producing another system of morals and philosophy, as malevolent as Christianity was benevolent, which, if not arrested would shatter irretrievably all that Christianity has rendered possible. It would almost seem as if the gospel of Christ and the gospel of Antichrist were destined to originate among the same people; and that this mystic and mysterious race had been chosen for the supreme manifestations, both of the divine and the diabolical.’

            But he was diabolical too.

          41. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Thank you, Google master Matrix,

            But I didn’t ask you to reply for your Zionist buddy. Dumb and Dumber’

          42. Matrix Avatar

            I don’t have any Zionist buddy, it is not easy to have such buddy’s without being a zionist…….

          43. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Proof you are a Zionist

          44. Matrix Avatar

            Proof that you are a hopeless idiot.

          45. Instead of playing a (particularly dumb) kindergarten teacher (OMG, she knows about Alaska!), how about educating yourself in some basics of English writing? With all that hard-earned welfare money?

          46. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            I studied History and Literature.

            Letters of famous writers in my possession are now in the National Canada archives.
            My language is French. Dumb and Dumber.

          47. “I studied History and Literature”.
            OMG, where? At the Baath University of Moronic Sciences? Did you graduate? You’re still way dumber than the dumbest cab driver in existence.

          48. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Spam again

          49. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Stop your stupidities. I said World War 2.

          50. Matrix Avatar

            Not World War 3, OK.

          51. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Matrix- Hind Abyad 15 hours ago
            “I assume that there is a prohibition to criticize your beloved Russians, they are helping the syrias with the “Battle-tested hardware”…. Matrix YK Dumb and dumber..sigh..

            Really? Wow you’re more stupid than i thought- “I love Russia” was too
            scandalous for you ? I’M happy, who do think you are YaLibnan dictator?


          52. Matrix Avatar

            Finally you got it.
            You can love “Russia” as much as you want.
            Perhaps after your “I love Russia” you can ask for a Russian passaport as Gerard Depardieu did.

            But I doubt that you will get an offer from Vladimir Putin…….

            Putin’s Reactionary Mafia-State hands out Russian Passports to French Tax Evaders.

            Gérard Depardieu bientôt en Staline ?


          53. The only offer she’ll ever get is from the unemployment office. No Russian passport, just a miniumum wage job.

          54. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            You’re losing your time and credibility. YaKov – Dumb and Dumber

          55. Barry Avatar

            yeah, but not to Russia. Gerard took citizenship in Belgium. this was a ruse bc he was filming a movie there. French are moving to UK and US and Canada and Israel. They are taking their wealth with them.

          56. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            So What?

          57. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Guy who looks like a natural clown and comedian becomes a ‘directeur’ ?? :-)))

          58. Matrix Avatar

            A natural clown and comedian……

          59. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            He’s a revolted drunker.

          60. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

   Palestine British were bombed and hanged from olive trees by Zionists terrorists.

          61. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Got something better than a cartoon? It’s amazing how you can go from Russian history and arts and suddenly go to Jewish history. OCD.

          62. Matrix Avatar

            Please explain why you always telling me about what the jews was doing to british soldiers in Palestine?
            Did you think that I wasn’t aware of those terrorists?

          63. Barry Avatar

            it was war. in war, things get blown up and people die.

          64. Barry Avatar

            They were an imperial power thousands of miles from home using foreign troops to occupy a colony. The hotel was their HQ. terror, certainly, but so is all warfare. And by the way, UK public opinion never turned substantially against Jews just as it never went against India while British soldiers were occasionally killed there during partition. UK public was sick of empire and blamed their own leaders. Read up.

          65. 5thDrawer Avatar

            A truism about an evolving democracy … as USA experiences today.

          66. You’re really wasting your time on this sorry excuse for a human being. No amount of reading can help her.

          67. 5thDrawer Avatar

            While a few jews had designs on making their own empire, when helped by the Brits.

          68. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            “They were an imperial power thousands of miles from home using foreign troops to occupy a colony.”

            So why did Churchill give you Palestine which he didn’t own?
            British gave you The Balfour Declaration because they were in Palestine.

          69. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Now tell me about you see me in person in your computer? 🙂

            What’s wrong with humanity are idiots like you.
            While England and Allies were dying fighting the Nazis in Europe, Jewish Zionists Terrorist were killing them in Palestine

          70. Thank goodness your buddy 5th Drawer is never too far to rush to your support! 🙂
            P.S. As to your question, I sincerely hope to never see you in my life. And something tells me that the Supreme Being will grant that particular wish.

          71. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Go to JP with your buddy Mama Merkel “Matrix”. BTW correct his English and harassing you have nothing to say here except spamming free speech post on YaLibnan calling me names.
            You shall get more of my replies.

          72. Barry Avatar

            500k Jews in Soviet army. Hundreds of thousands more in Allied armies, including Jewish Brigade which never saw duty in Palestine. Almost no Arabs in Palestine served UK overseas (they were local cops for the most part while Jewish volunteers were sent to North Africa and Europe). The conductor and half the symphony in that concert Syria are Jews, as is one of the senior Russian AF officers, you despicable hater.

          73. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            “Matrix Hind Abyad • a day ago
            Your post is not encrypted…..
            I understand why my link is not correct.
            No one should know how the Russian make business withe the “Battle-tested hardware” (in Syria….).
            I assume that there is a prohibition to criticize your beloved Russians, they are helping the syrias with the “Battle-tested hardware”….
            The Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to the Russian officerslain in Syria”

            My response was about Art and Music. Talk to HIM instead of ME.

          74. 5thDrawer Avatar

            The dancing (jewish?) conductor is a real cut-up …. good show-band.

          75. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Dancing women were Armenians

          76. 5thDrawer Avatar

            MUCH more cute … 😉

          77. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            They danced the Dabke (from Levant)

          78. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            There was American Jazz? Armies should only be for parades

          79. 5thDrawer Avatar

            It’s a ‘Tattoo’ … not a parade. Showcases ability, not might.

          80. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Still, i think Armies should only be for parades 🙂

          81. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Bands are the PR Front … who wants to watch soldiers just marching around?
            (only sargeant-majors maybe ..)

          82. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Parades are choreographic and coloured..

          83. Matrix Avatar

            Edinburgh Military Tattoo, WOW what a sound.

          84. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Wembly was the biggest … but became too costly to continue.

          85. Matrix Avatar

            The same goes with the Eurovision Song Contest…..

          86. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            I love it

          87. Matrix Avatar

            Finally you love something….. HURA! 😉

          88. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Figures that it was bagpipes … but maybe, the Kilts. ;-))

          89. Matrix Avatar

            .. maybe, the panty. ;-))

          90. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Of course, i see them here 🙂

      2. Barry Avatar

        Canada said thanks but no thanks. And yes, of course the US and allies like UK and Israel offered.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          I read the aftermath … thanks.

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