A 2008 video of Sen. John McCain defending his then-campaign opponent Barack Obama went viral after McCain’s death on Saturday.
The resurfaced clip from the campaign trail, shows McCain shutting down a supporter who pushed a racist conspiracy theory against Obama, who was then a Democratic senator from Illinois.
“I can’t trust Obama. I have read about him, and he’s not, um, he’s an Arab,” a woman said to McCain at a town hall meeting in Lakeville, Minnesota, in October 2008.
McCain then grabbed the microphone and cut the woman off.
“No, ma’m,” he said. “He’s a decent family man [and] citizen that just I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what the campaign’s all about. He’s not [an Arab].”
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