Like most Republicans, John McCain knows very little about Ronald Reagan’s record


John McCain had one of his patented hissy-fits on the floor of the Senate yesterday — this time implying that his Republican colleagues are dishonoring the memory of Ronald Reagan with their insufficient response to Russian meddling in Ukraine.

“You can call yourself Republicans,” said McCain. “That’s fine, because that’s your voter registration. Don’t call yourself Reagan Republicans. Ronald Reagan would never – would never let this kind of aggression go unresponded to by the American people.”

McCain’s rant is typical of the ignorance of 21st century Republicans about the real Reagan record, a subject I’ve written about on numerous occasions (HERE, for example).

With appropriate brevity, Steve Benen of MSNBC has corrected McCain’s false assertion that Reagan would never have let aggression go unpunished:

When terrorists killed 241 Americans in Beirut in 1983, Reagan didn’t do much of anything except run away.


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