As Donald Trump resumes his furious criticism of Sen. John McCain more than six months after his death, the decorated veteran’s widow and daughter are speaking up about the consequences of the president’s angry rhetoric.
On Tuesday, Cindy McCain shared a hateful message sent to her privately on Twitter that viciously slandered her late husband and daughter. Using expletives and violent imagery, the Twitter user’s unhinged attacks were an example of how formerly fringe venom is becoming mainstreamed — perhaps with President Trump’s tacit encouragement.
“I want to make sure all of you could see how kind and loving a stranger can be. I’m posting her note for her family and friends could see,” wrote Cindy McCain. (Warning: the content of the message below may be upsetting.)
I want to make sure all of you could see how kind and loving a stranger can be. I’m posting her note for her family and friends could see. pic.twitter.com/GoNCm0fv4U
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) March 19, 2019
In recent days, President Trump has posthumously attacked John McCain in a variety of ways, including accusing him of graduating “last in his class” at the U.S. Naval Academy and of helping spread a series of memos alleging collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. In a five-minute rant during an appearance at a tank factory in Lima, Ohio, Trump said that he didn’t receive proper gratitude during McCain’s funeral.
“I gave him the kind of funeral he wanted, which as president I had to approve,” Trump said, falsely suggesting that he had to give permission for the use of a military transport that carried McCain’s body to Washington. “I don’t care about this, I didn’t get a thank you, that’s okay. We sent him on the way. But I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.”
Trump wasn’t invited to McCain’s funeral. In the past, he had made comments in which he claimed that McCain shouldn’t be considered a war hero because real heroes don’t get captured during war. Trump himself never served in the military, and in fact received multiple draft deferments that allowed him to avoid the Vietnam War.
While Cindy McCain has not directly addressed Trump’s attacks on her late husband, she retweeted a video from Sen. Amy Klobuchar that showed a Vietnam veteran bursting into tears after hearing Trump’s cruel insults towards McCain. But Meghan McCain, a co-host on ABC’s The View, didn’t hold back when asked about Trump’s comments on the show.
“Listen, he spends his weekend obsessing over great men because he knows it, and I know it, and all of you know it: He will never be a great man,” she said. “My father was his kryptonite in life, he was his kryptonite in death.”
Trump’s own life, she added, was “pathetic.”
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