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One moment from McCain's 2008 run made clear his character and foretold Trump's rise

One moment from McCain's 2008 run made clear his character and foretold Trump's rise

It was both the most memorable moment from John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and a glimpse into the future of the Republican Party and America's angry and divisive modern-day politics.

Played and replayed constantly since the senator's death on Saturday at age 81, the moment seems to presage the rise of the "birther movement," the era of "alternative facts," and the presidency of Donald Trump less than a decade later.

At a high school about 30 miles south of Minneapolis, a blond woman in a red shirt addresses McCain, who is in the final weeks of what will be his second failed run for the White House.

"I gotta ask you a question,"...

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