President Trump is facing backlash after he took at the late Senator John McCain on Twitter. The attack comes several months after McCain passed away from cancer.
Tonight President Trump attacking the late Senator John McCain again just months after his death. Before attending church on Sunday, the president accused McCain of “spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier...”
The fresh jabs come after Trump criticized McCain’s war record as early as 2015, when he said: "He is a war hero because he was captured," Trump said, cutting him off. "I like people that weren't captured, OK? I hate to tell you. He is a war hero because he was captured. OK, you can have -- I believe perhaps he is a war hero."
The Steele dossier alleges links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, and also claims that Russians allegedly have compromising information on Trump.
Swift backlash from both sides:
In his tweet quoting these comments from Ken Starr on Fox News, “John McCain was an American Hero. This is, unfortunately, a very dark stain.”
Meghan McCain, the Senator’s daughter, had this to say: “No one will ever love you the way they loved my father… I wish I'd been given more Saturdays with him maybe spend your family instead of on Twitter obsessing over mine.”
Senator Chris Coons also defended the late Senator: “The President's continued attacks on now late Senator John McCain is something that's regrettable and for which he should apologize.”
The allegations that Trump put forward in his tweet are not true. McCain learned about the Dossier more than 10 days after the election and then shared it with the FBI in December 2016.
Trump is also attacking McCain for voting against a bill to repeal Obamacare. It's not the first time Trump has bashed the celebrated Senator. It started during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump Ally Republican senator Lindsey Graham defended McCain’s record without calling out the president, tweeted, “He stepped forward to risk his life for his country, served honorably under difficult circumstances, and was one of the most consequential senators in the history of the body. Nothing about his service will ever be changed and diminished."