President Donald Trump attacked John McCain yet again on Thursday, calling him “horrible” after the late senator’s two daughters urged him earlier that day to leave their father and family alone.
Despite growing calls from Republicans and veterans groups to stop the attacks, the president railed against the late Arizona GOP lawmaker during an interview with Fox Business Network, calling McCain “horrible” for his 2017 vote against a congressional Republican measure to repeal ObamaCare and accused him of handing a dossier of explosive claims about Trump’s ties to Russia to the FBI for “very evil purposes.”
When asked by anchor Maria Bartiromo why he continues to criticize the senator who died seven months ago after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, Trump falsely claimed he was just responding to questions asked by reporters.
“I don’t talk about it,” the president said. “People ask me the question. I didn’t bring this up. You just brought it up. You just asked the question.”
This Trump-Maria Bartiromo exchange on McCain is wild. He calls McCain "horrible."
BARTIROMO: But Mr. President, he's dead, he can't punch back. I know you punch back–
BARTIROMO: –but he's dead.
TRUMP: I don't talk about it. People ask me the question. pic.twitter.com/bgdS3sD0el
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 21, 2019
Trump railed against McCain for 5 full minutes, unprompted, at a campaign-style speech in Ohio on Wednesday, where he complained about not receiving a “thank you” for approving funeral arrangement plans for McCain.
Trump authorized a government airplane to transport McCain’s remains from Arizona to the nation’s capital but the National Cathedral said on Thursday that Trump’s approval was not needed to host the funeral.
Veterans’ groups also expressed outrage on Thursday.
Vietnam Veterans of America National President John Rowan said in a statement Thursday his group is “chagrined” that Trump will not “let a fellow Vietnam veteran rest in peace.”
“This entire dustup is disgraceful, it’s deplorable and it’s destructive,” Paul Rieckhoff, founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said on CNN. “It’s bad for our military and veterans community and it’s bad for Donald Trump. This doesn’t help him. I can’t imagine who would support this position, continuing to attack a war hero.”
As President Trump continued to disparage her late husband, Cindy McCain shared a hate-filled message she received from a woman who said she was “glad” the former U.S. senator from Arizona was dead.
McCain took to Twitter to post a screenshot of a private message she received from someone who addressed her using a pejorative and lashed out at both her husband and their daughter.
“Your husband was a traitorous piece of warmongering sh— and I’m glad he’s dead,” the woman wrote. “Hope your Miss Piggy looking daughter chokes to death on the next burger she stuffs down her fat neck too, c–,” the message read.
McCain said she shared the note because “I want to make sure all of you could see how kind and loving a stranger can be.” She allowed the sender’s name to be visible in the screenshot.
“I’m posting her note for her family and friends could see,” McCain wrote.