Cindy McCain Apologizes for Making Up a Race-Based Human Trafficking Story That Was a Whole-Ass Lie

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Cindy McCain, the widow of Republican Sen. John McCain, ran out here and told a whole-ass lie about stopping a child-trafficking incident at an Arizona airport and even her lie was steeped in racist beliefs.

I’m just going to let Maverickess McCain tell it.

“I came in from a trip I’d been on and I spottedit looked oddit was a woman of a different ethnicity than the child, this little toddler she had, and something didn’t click with me,” the anti-trafficking activist said in an interview Monday with radio station KTAR.

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“I went over to the police and told them what I saw and they went over and questioned her and, by God, she was trafficking that kid.”

McCain, co-chair of the Arizona Governor’s Council on Human Trafficking wasn’t finished as she added: “She was waiting for the guy who bought the child to get off an airplane.”

Let’s go over this a bit, shall we?

First Maverickess McCain claims that she spotted a woman of a different ethnicity holding a child and instantly knew from her years of being a human-trafficking advocate or just living in racist Arizona that something wasn’t right. As a race-police deputized by her whiteness, McCain went to the police to report the woman holding a child who didn’t match the child’s race because that is a race-police violation. Of course, the police responded to McCain’s claims because she’s a white woman reporting something and, low and behold, Maverickess McCain was correct and her quick thinking and racist eye helped save the imaginary child from her imaginary traffickers.

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Now, here’s what actually happened: “Phoenix police Sgt. Armando Carbajal told KTAR on Wednesday that officers conducted a welfare check on a child at the Sky Harbor International Airport on Jan. 30 at McCain’s request,” the New York Post reports.

Carbajal told the news station: “officers determined there was no evidence of criminal conduct or child endangerment.”

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McCain, 64, apologized for the incident on Twitter.

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“At Phoenix Sky Harbor, I reported an incident that I thought was trafficking. I commend the police officers for their diligence. I apologize if anything else I have said on this matter distracts from ‘if you see something, say something,’” she wrote.

Here’s what McCain’s apology should’ve said: “At Phoenix Sky Harbor, I reported an incident that I thought was trafficking based on how we do things in Arizona, which is basically calling the police on anyone non-white. The police investigated the incident and found that I was wrong and racist-y. Thankfully, no one was shot or tasered because of my ill-informed actions and oh, about that story I told, I made all of that shit up because I can’t not see myself as a hero even when I was wrong AF.”

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There, I fixed it for you.

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr.

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.