In the wake of his death, people have begun resharing a moment from his campaign in which he challenged the assertions of a speaker at a town hall event who said she didn't trust then-opponent Barack Obama.
I can't trust Obama. I have read about him and he's not, he's not uh — he's an Arab.
McCain took the microphone and replied:
He's a decent family man [and] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign's all about.
He's not [an Arab].
He earlier had said:
I have to tell you.
Sen. Obama is a decent person and a person you don’t have to be scared of as president of the United States
People have been sharing the incident both praising the attitude to adversarial politics that does not seek to demonise an opponent with false information (that he was born outside the country) something that many people feel Donald Trump is guilty of.
However, McCain has been criticised for his choice of language which seems to imply that being of Arabian descent implies you are not a good person.