GOP Senators Speak Out Against Trump’s Attacks on McCain: This ‘Sets the Worst Tone’

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In a tweet storm, the U.S president went after late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Republicans aren’t happy about him doing so.

President Donald Trump targetted the late Vietnam veteran, who passed away in August from brain cancer, about the Steele dossier over the weekend, as IJR Blue reported.

According to The Washington Post, Trump’s statement about McCain and the Steele dossier is incorrect, as the late senator was not aware of the dossier until Nov. 18, 2016, which was after Trump’s election.

In an Oval Office meeting on Tuesday, the president again took swipes at McCain.

When asked by a reporter about his attacks at the late senator, Trump began by criticizing him for not repealing and replacing Obamacare, but then continued to say, “I was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be.”

Watch his previous comments on McCain:

The president’s remarks upset several Republicans, including Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) who told The Bulwark that “the country deserves better, the McCain family deserves better.”

“I don’t care if he’s president of United States, owns all the real estate in New York, or is building the greatest immigration system in the world,” he added, continuing:

“When the president is saying that he doesn’t respect John McCain and he’s never going to respect John McCain and all these kids are out there listening to the president of the United States talk that way about the most decorated senator in history who is dead it just sets the worst tone possible.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham also stepped up to defend the late veteran and senator who “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.”

“Nothing about his service will ever be changed or diminished,” Graham tweeted on Sunday.

Republican Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who ruffled Trump’s feathers around the time he was elected in the 2018 midterms for his scathing Trump op-ed, rebuked the president’s comments about McCain.

He tweeted on Tuesday he “can’t understand why the President would, once again, disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent out a sincere tweet about his “good friend” McCain on Wednesday, without mentioning Trump.

“It was a blessing to serve alongside a rare patriot and genuine American hero in the Senate,” he wrote. “His memory continues to remind me every day that our nation is sustained by the sacrifices of heroes.”

The McCain family didn’t hold back from swiping right back at Trump, as daughter Meghan McCain said on “The View” Monday, “My father was his kryptonite in life, he’s his kryptonite in death,” as IJR Blue reported.

She said Trump’s “life is spent on your weekends not with your family, not with your friends, but obsessing, obsessing over great men you can never live up to,” adding, “that tells you everything you need to know about his pathetic life right now.”

The late senator’s wife, Cindy McCain, tweeted on Tuesday a brutal message she received from a stranger that read: “I’m glad he’s dead.”

Trump’s comments about the late senator aren’t going over well with many leaders, and the profane messages are continuing to escalate.

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