Trump Can’t Stop Bashing John McCain: ‘I Was Never a Fan of John McCain and I Never Will Be’

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Even though John McCain has been deceased since last August, President Donald Trump can’t stop bashing the late Vietnam veteran, senator, and presidential candidate.

During an Oval Office appearance on Tuesday, a reporter asked Trump, “Why are you attacking John McCain seven months after his death?” The president began by saying, “I’m very unhappy that he didn’t repeal and replace Obamacare […] he campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare for years and then it got to a vote and he said ‘thumbs down.'”

But moments later, he got much more personal in his attacks, saying, “Plus there are other things, I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be.”

Watch the video below, via ABC News:

Over the weekend, in a bizarre set of tweets and retweets that included amplifying right-wing conspiracy theorists, Trump attacked McCain multiple times on Twitter. Particularly, the president seemed to take issue with McCain’s role in sending the Steele Dossier to the FBI.

Trump has insisted that the Steele Dossier, which outlines alleged Russian efforts to court and blackmail Trump in an attempt to influence American politics, is nonsense.

Trump’s attacks on McCain may have ruffled the feathers of Republicans a few years ago, but today, the party seems to be mostly behind him. At the Conservative Political Action Conference — an annual event that serves as a sort of thermometer for the mood of the GOP — a speaker taunted “the ghost of John McCain” and received wild cheers from the crowd.

Even McCain’s old friend Senator Lindsey Graham seems to have adopted the Trump mantras. Last week, he played defense for the White House on Capitol Hill, refusing to hear a resolution urging the Mueller report to be made public. And when Trump attacked his late friend, Graham sent out a watery tweet that didn’t name Trump or directly respond to the president’s attacks.

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Phyllis Softa

John McCain did not pay or threaten to sue the Naval Academy if they released his grades or class ranking–John McCain shared it with the public so the voters would know it was 5th from the bottom, not 899. In Restless Wave, McCain detailed receiving the Steele dossier AFTER the 2016 election and personally turning it over to the FBI in Jan, 2017.If members of the media were aware of the dossier as early as Oct, 2016, WHY was it kept from the American public until Jan, 2017?


McCain got into the Naval Academy ONLY because his father and grandfather were Admirals. He was a lackluster student and should have been kicked out. Ask any of the men who served with him. There was NO love or respect for him; his ineptitude or his carelessness as a pilot. He crashed several planes, killing several sailors on board. McCain was a disgrace and an embarrassment to the Navy. He must have bought his way to Lt. Cmdr. He wasn’t deserving of a grade higher than Yeoman, if that.

Phyllis Softa

My brother served in Vietnam–Army Ranger Paratrooper Pathfinder He was shot thru the chest & was on a ventilator for 6 weeks in a hospital in Japan. He was transferred to Walter Reed with a tracheotomy. Those were the longest weeks of my family’s life. It took us a month to locate him in Japan & another week before we could speak with him via phone. John McCain has the respect of my brother. My brother does not respect POTUS Bone Spurs. My brother respects every soldier that fought

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