In solidarity with their co-host, Meghan McCain, the hosts of “The View” are condemning President Donald Trump for attacking her father, the late Sen. John McCain. But co-host Ana Navarro took her criticism a step forward and asked why Republican lawmakers are staying quiet.
“The reason they are not speaking is because they are spineless, and they are afraid of [Trump],” Navarro said Thursday. “Because they think he is like Lord Voldemort and if they mention his name, he will come down and strike them dead politically.”
Many Republican lawmakers have made statements about McCain in the days since Trump restarted his feud against the late senator. But few have condemned the president himself.
Today and every day I miss my good friend John McCain. It was a blessing to serve alongside a rare patriot and genuine American hero in the Senate. His memory continues to remind me every day that our nation is sustained by the sacrifices of heroes.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) March 20, 2019
As to @SenJohnMcCain and his devotion to his country: He stepped forward to risk his life for his country, served honorably under difficult circumstances, and was one of the most consequential senators in the history of the body. (1/2)
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 17, 2019
“I have all this week heard about people and seen people going on TV and people making statements about their good friend, John McCain. The man they revered, John McCain. National hero John McCain,” Navarro continued.
“But most of them — with some notable exceptions like Mitt Romney and Johnny Isakson — have been too damn cowardly to call out the guy making the attacks,” she added. “So they are enabling him. The silence and complicity of the Republican Party is enabling Donald Trump, cheapening the White House and the presidency.”
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.@AnaNavarro says Republicans are praising late Sen. John McCain amid Pres. Trump's attacks, but most "have been too damned cowardly to call out the guy making the attacks." https://t.co/S8pad8NaSj pic.twitter.com/pJm8IxpIP6
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) March 21, 2019
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) did make reference to Trump to reporters Wednesday in response to his McCain comments, but the South Carolina senator held back his criticism.
“There’s no one I admire more than John McCain,” he said, adding that he was a good friend of the senator.
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Graham also spoke about McCain earlier this week in Mount Pleasant. pic.twitter.com/D1FjAluFOR
— Kevin Bishop (@KevinDBishop) March 20, 2019
“I think the president’s comments about Senator McCain hurt him more than they hurt the legacy of Senator McCain,” he added. “I will try to continue to help the president.”