Whether he wanted to or not, McCain played an outsized role in Trump’s political narrative

McCain’s last defiant act of the Trump era was to write a book. It was a memoir that mourned for a time past in politics and compared Trump to a despot.

“I would like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different,” he wrote. .”.. Even in times of political turmoil such as these, we share that awesome heritage and the responsibility to embrace it.

In the beginning, McCain was caught off guard by how Trump’s nascent and chaotic presidential campaign sucked him into the center of its vortex. He wrote in his memoir that he didn’t know what to make of Trump’s convictions.

In the last year of his life, McCain transformed himself into a willing leader of the resistance.