Boot: ‘Unlike Trump, McCain Didn’t Have To Demonstrate His Authenticity By Vilifying People’

‘He was always a gentleman, but he also had that kind of caustic wit’

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BOOT: "Absolutely. His humor is very real. He was very irreverent. He was not somebody who took himself overly seriously, unlike most politicians. In fact, a lot of his appeal was the fact he was not a normal politician. Unlike Donald Trump, he did not have to demonstrate his authenticity by vilifying people or by saying ignorant or deranged things. He was always a gentleman, but he also had that kind of caustic wit, some of which you showed before. I think there are other elements of him which were less well known, including the fact he was a great reader of history. That’s how we first met. He read a book I’d written and wanted to talk about it. He read all the time. People don’t realize that. He traveled all the time. He went all over the world incessantly going to allied countries, meeting with dissidents a Absolutely. His humor is very real. He was very irreverent. He was not somebody who took himself overly seriously, unlike most politicians. In fact, a lot of his appeal was the fact he was not a normal politician. Unlike Donald Trump, he did not have to demonstrate his authenticity by vilifying people or by saying ignorant or deranged things. He was always a gentleman, but he also had that kind of caustic wit, some of which you showed before. I think there are other elements of him which were less well known, including the fact he was a great reader of history. That’s how we first met. He read a book I’d written and wanted to talk about it. He read all the time. People don’t realize that. He traveled all the time. He went all over the world incessantly going to allied countries, meeting with dissidents and freedom fighters. There were so many aspects of John McCain that made him a larger than life figure."

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