On Fox News Sunday, Senator John McCain bemoaned the generational divide that he says has allowed young people to revere Edward Snowden and suspect government surveillance policies.
“There is now a large percentage of Americans particularly young Americans who view Mr. Snowden as some kind of a whistle-blower when we know that he betrayed his oath of office,” McCain said. “There’s a young generation that believe he’s some kind of Jason Bourne.”
Host Chris Wallace asked McCain whether he agreed with the NSA reforms President Barack Obama outlined during his Friday press conference, and McCain again invoked a generational difference in the understanding of surveillance policy.
“There’s a careful balance here between preserving our assets and capabilities and making sure the American people are convinced that their privacy is not being violated,” McCain said. “Right now, as I mentioned, there’s kind of a generational change here. Young Americans do not trust this government. Without trust in government, you can’t do a lot of things.”
Watch the full clip here, via Fox News:
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