John McCain voted at least six times to prevent divestment from apartheid South Africa and voted against making King’s birthday a federal holiday.
His campaign manager in the 2000 presidential race was an *actual* neo-Confederate who ran a magazine called Southern Partisan. https://t.co/2fsUsgggrQ
McCain voted to help sustain G HW Bush's veto of the Civil Rights Act of 1990, which would have made it easier for job applicants to sue employers for discrimination. It was the first time a president EVER successfully vetoed a civil rights bill.
McCain's stance on this bill even put him at odds with other *Republicans* on — the veto override fell one vote short, 66-34 — and put him on the same side of the issue as David Duke, who watched the Senate vote from the galley.
Bush's ppl were so unnerved at the optics of being on the same side of the issue as a Klansman — having just confirmed Clarence Thomas, they thought they had a rare chance to win over Black voters — that they promptly rushed a new bill to the floor. https://t.co/i3lZqJh5g2
John McCain, who was always oddly characterized by the media as a moderate, somehow found himself aligned against a milquetoast civil rights bill with David Duke, Strom Thurmond, Trent Lott, and Jesse Helms. https://t.co/VhthDvdAUE