President Trump gave his State of the Union address last week which was supposed to be a rallying call for unity, but earlier in the day he attended a luncheon for television anchors where he displayed some of his typical rude behavior. He used his time on the mic to hurl hateful insults at some of the nation’s most well-known politicians and got one snarky jab in to one of our most respected republicans, the LATE Senator John McCain.
The New York Times reported that after doling out nasty comments about a host of U.S. top democrats, Trump brought up McCain’s now infamous vote against the “skinny” plan that would repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act. He scoffed at McCain for that bold move and then had to get yet another dig in about him:
President Donald Trump, on the late Sen. John McCain
By the way … he wrote a book and the book bombed.”
McCain, who passed away in August 2018 after a long battle with brain cancer, penned many memoirs and in his final one he criticized Trump for his constant downplaying of the threat of Russia despite receiving contrary information from his own intelligence team. McCain wrote:
“I’m not sure what to make of President Trump’s convictions… The appearance of toughness or a reality show facsimile of toughness seems to matter more than any of our values.”John McCain, in his book “The Restless Wave”
Trump’s feud with McCain may have been brought to the public forefront during the 2016 presidential campaign and the first half of his presidency but it’s no new thing. The fighting has stretched back for decades even making an appearance in a 1999 CBS interview conducted by Dan Rather where Trump questioned whether or not “being captured” makes you a “war hero” referring to McCain’s own harrowing military service.
In a clear message from the McCain family, Trump was famously not invited to the Senator’s funeral and his daughter Meghan McCain has made no secret how she feels about the President. After hearing about his remarks on Tuesday, she addressed them via Twitter.
The president’s obsession with my father 6 months after his death is pathetic and telling – even at a time when he should be focusing on his message to the American public and the state of our union – the greatness of my father’s life and legacy haunts you. https://t.co/JLgHoZwCKD— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) February 6, 2019