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Republicans rush to defend John McCain — but refuse to condemn Donald Trump's attacks

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Even as President Donald Trump continues for a fourth day to berate the memory of late Republican Sen. John McCain, only one of the recently deceased war veteran's Republican former colleagues dared to directly criticize the president for his attacks.

Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia has emerged as one of the few prominent GOP politicians to unequivocally stand up for the late McCain against attacks from Trump. "I want to do what I said that day on the floor of the Senate," Isakson told The Bulwark in an article published on Wednesday.

"I just want to lay it on the line, that the country deserves better, the McCain family deserves better, I don’t care if he’s president of United States, owns all the real estate in New York, or is building the greatest immigration system in the world. Nothing is more important than the integrity of the country and those who fought and risked their lives for all of us."

Isakson was referring to a dayslong campaign by Trump against McCain, who died last year after a prolonged battle with........

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