Former Vice President Joe Biden issued a scathing rebuke of the White House staffer who mocked Sen. John McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis at an internal meeting.
In a closed-door White House meeting on Thursday, special assistant Kelly Sadler dismissed McCain’s opposition to President Trump’s CIA nominee, saying, “It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.”
“People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration. It happened yesterday,” Biden, a close friend of the Arizona Senator, said in a statement on Friday. “John McCain is a genuine hero – a man of valor whose sacrifices for his country are immeasurable. As he fights for is life, he deserves better – so much better.”
Biden called the remark the “epitome” of the White House’s “trail of disrespect.”
“Given this White House’s trail of disrespect toward John and others, this staffer is not the exception to the rule; she is the epitome of it,” he said. “Our children learn from our example. The lingering question is whose example will it be. I am certain it will be John’s.”
Sadler has yet to apologize for the remark.
The White House did not deny the account of Sadler’s remarks.
“We respect Senator McCain’s service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this difficult time,” the White House said in a statement to The Hill.
“The View” host Meghan
McCain’s daughter, Meghan, responded to the Sadler’s remarks on ABC’s “The View” this morning, saying she wasn’t terribly troubled by the remarks because she said the cancer diagnosis had given her a new perspective on life.
“First, (what) I just want to say is don’t feel bad for me or my family, we’re really strong,” McCain said. “There’s so much more love and prayer and amazing energy being generated towards us than anything negative at all, and I feel so blessed. My dad’s actually doing really well right now, and I believe in the power of prayer, and I think it’s helping. So I want to thank the positivity of people with that.”
“The other thing I want to say, Kelly — here’s a little news flash, and this may be a bit intense for 11 o’clock in the morning on Friday — we’re all dying,” McCain said. “I’m dying, you’re dying, we’re all dying. Since my dad has been diagnosed the past — almost a year, July 19 — I really feel like I understand the meaning of life, and it is not how you die. It’s how you live.”
“I’m not scared of death anymore — I’m just not,” McCain said. “Whatever you want to say in this kind of environment, the thing that surprises me most is … I don’t understand what kind of environment you’re working in when that would be acceptable and you can come to work the next day and still have a job. That’s all I have to say about it.”