"These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit. And they need to stop now.”
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) jumped to the defense of Huma Abedin, a close aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and a Muslim American, against allegations that she is connected to the Muslim Brotherhood. The senator blasted Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), the chairwoman of the Tea Party, who led the attacks against Abedin , accusing her of influencing U.S. policy in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and other pan-Arab Islamic groups.
Bachmann proposed an investigation into Abedin, along with others in various state departments. This new controversy comes after Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi won the presidential election in Egypt.
The singling-out of Abedin appeared to be based on her religion than anything else. The 2008 Republican nominee had worked with Abedin in the past, giving him the utmost confidence in her abilities.
McCain went on to describe Abedin as not just a valuable part of the State Department, but as a representative of "What is best about America: the daughter of immigrants, who has risen to the highest levels of our government on the basis of her substantial personal merit and her abiding commitment to the American ideals that she embodies so fully."
McCain has always been a proponent of working across the aisle; placing the needs of the people above the wants of a particular party. After his speech on Tuesday, McCain shows the nation how government should – and can function. The merits of a person cannot be determined based solely on their party affiliation, religious background, ethnicity or any other external factor. Rather, it should be based on their capability and commitment to the job.
Politicians should take note from McCain and start making government work in defense of American ideals, instead of making pointless accusations that do nothing for the country.