President Donald Trump spent a second consecutive day attacking the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Twitter, falsely claiming that McCain was “last in his class” at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.
According to Mediaite, McCain graduated fifth from the bottom of his class, and self-effacingly noted in 1993: “My four years here [at Annapolis] were not notable for individual academic achievement but, rather, for the impressive catalogue of demerits which I managed to accumulate.”
President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen recently revealed in congressional testimony that during the 2016 presidential campaign, the president ordered him to threaten all of his former schools to keep his academic records secret.
The president also falsely claimed that recently unsealed court documents proved McCain sent the infamous Russia dossier, which was written by former British spy Christopher Steele and alleged Russia has salacious material about Trump that could be used for blackmail, to the FBI and media ahead of the 2016 election, reports HuffPost.
Court documents actually revealed David Kramer, a former State Department official and McCain associate, shared the dossier with several media outlets in December 2016 ― after Trump won the presidency.
No evidence has surfaced that McCain himself leaked the unconfirmed dossier to the press, which he denied doing. He confirmed in his 2018 memoir that he gave the dossier to then-FBI director James Comey in December 2016.
Kramer’s role in disseminating the dossier was disclosed in a recently unsealed transcript of a court deposition he gave in December 2017.
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 attack comes a day after he similarly attacked McCain on Twitter, prompting a fiery response from his daughter, Meghan McCain.
No one will ever love you the way they loved my father…. I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine? https://t.co/q7ezwmHiQ4
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 16, 2019
Trump repeatedly attacked John McCain’s military record during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said during a 2015 appearance at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
McCain, a former Navy pilot, spent roughly five-and-half years in a notorious North Vietnamese prison known as the “Hanoi Hilton,” where he was repeatedly tortured. He spent two of those years in solitary confinement.