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:
NEW: "I was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be," Pres. Trump says in the Oval Office, calling the late senator's health care vote "disgraceful." https://t.co/wOFpFFu88A pic.twitter.com/CWXsYvop46
— ABC News (@ABC) March 19, 2019
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.
Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier “is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.” Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel. He had far worse “stains” than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2019
So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) “last in his class” (Annapolis) John McCain that sent the Fake Dossier to the FBI and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election. He & the Dems, working together, failed (as usual). Even the Fake News refused this garbage!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019
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.