Trump took to Twitter to slam John McCain
Trump was active on Twitter over the weekend, including a critique of a rerun of SNL, but he also took the opportunity to slam John McCain. He called out the late senator regarding his role in the Justice Department investigation into Russia’s involvement with the 2016 presidential election.
Trump tweeted: “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!”
The president was referencing McCain’s ‘no’ vote against repealing Obamacare in 2017. NBC News pointed out that “the legislation opposed by McCain did not have a replacement component.”
Trump’s quote of Ken Starr came from Starr’s recent appearance on Fox News’ Fox & Friends, where he discussed alleged media leaks of a dossier that “alleges the Trump campaign worked with the Russian government to defeat rival Hillary Clinton in 2016.”
Starr explained: “The more we find out the uglier it becomes. The Steele dossier I think has been very substantially discredited.” Of McCain, Starr noted, “I think he was an American hero. But I’m very sorry he got implicated in this in terms of spreading this very nasty stuff around.” He added that the reports that McCain leaked the dossier are “unfortunately a very dark stain” on the senator’s record.
Meghan McCain fires back
Meghan McCain didn’t hold back in her response to Trump, tweeting: “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?”
Meghan received a mix of reactions to her tweet, with many applauding her for defending her father, including one person who noted: “Your Father had more Decency in his Pinky than Trump has in his entire being!”
Another commenter remarked: “Trump is really terrible. I’m sorry you have to endure this. I may not have the same politics as you do but this is terrible.”
Not everyone, however, was on Meghan’s side, with one person commenting: “It’s difficult to feel love for a man that even while ill got up the strength to go all the way to Washington just to thumb his nose at both President Trump and the American people with a thumbs down. That gesture will be his political legacy.”
Trump doubled down on his criticism of McCain
Trump continued to tweet about John McCain on Sunday morning as well, writing: “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!”
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week that Trump should apologize for the tweets. He explained: “I frankly think the president’s continued attacks on now-late Sen. John McCain is something that’s regrettable and for which he should apologize.”
Coons added: “Sen. McCain conveyed that report out of a sense of duty, and he is someone who lived his entire life with a sense of honor and duty to our country.”