Amid a growing backlash against President Trump’s recent barrage of personal attacks of the late Sen. John McCain, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that he will reintroduce a resolution to rename the Russell Senate Office building after the Arizona Republican.
“I look forward to soon re-introducing my legislation re-naming the Russell Senate Building after American hero, Senator John McCain,” Schumer said in a tweet on Wednesday.
I look forward to soon re-introducing my legislation re-naming the Senate Russell Building after American hero, Senator John McCain.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 20, 2019
Schumer’s announcement comes after Trump sent a series of tweets over the weekend targeting McCain, who passed away in August from an aggressive form of brain cancer.
On Tuesday, Trump renewed the attacks during an Oval Office meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, calling McCain’s vote against repealing and replacing ObamaCare “disgraceful” and adding that “he was never a fan” of McCain and never would be.
“I can’t understand why the President would, once again, disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain: heroic, courageous, patriotic, honorable, self-effacing, self-sacrificing, empathetic, and driven by duty to family, country, and God,” Romney tweeted.
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), who was one of McCain’s closest friends in the Senate, also defended him on Twitter over the weekend. “Nothing about his service will ever be changed or diminished,” Graham tweeted.