George Conway backed up presidential hopeful Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) after the daughter of the late Senator John McCain got upset that she shared a story about her father at a campaign event this week.
First reported by the Des Moines Register, Klobuchar recalled a moment at President Donald Trump’s inauguration while at a birthday celebration in Iowa Sunday.
“I sat on that stage between Bernie and John McCain, and John McCain kept reciting to me names of dictators during that speech because he knew more than any of us what we were facing as a nation,” she said. “He understood it. He knew because he knew this man more than any of us did.”
His daughter, Meghan McCain, interpreted the comment as an inappropriate move and publically called on the senator to “leave my fathers legacy and memory out of presidential politics.”
On behalf of the entire McCain family – @amyklobuchar please be respectful to all of us and leave my fathers legacy and memory out of presidential politics.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) May 27, 2019
Meghan’s response didn’t sit well with many, including Geroge Conway, a lawyer and the husband of counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway.
“Sen. Klobuchar was perfectly respectful, and the anecdote she told redounded to the late Senator’s credit,” he tweeted Tuesday. “His legacy belongs to the nation he devoted his life to serving.”
Sen. Klobuchar was perfectly respectful, and the anecdote she told redounded to the late Senator’s credit. His legacy belongs to the nation he devoted his life to serving. https://t.co/85OquMHfZj
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) May 28, 2019
Others weren’t happy with Meghan’s response either. Twitter users left replies pointing out that Klobuchar was a colleague of the late senator and is in a position to share stories about him. Others pointed out that Senator McCain is forever tied to “presidential politics,” as he was once a major candidate himself.
Klobuchar’s team stood by the Minnesota senator’s comments.
“Senator Klobuchar had a long-time friendship with Senator McCain, she has defended him against President Trump’s attacks in the past, and she has deep respect for his family,” communications director Tim Hogan said in a statement. “… She continues to believe that the best stories about Senator McCain are not about the views he had about President Trump: they are about McCain’s own valor and heroism.”