The View co-host Meghan McCain responded to the latest report on President Donald Trump's thoughts about her father, the late Sen. John McCain, calling Trump's continuing remarks "painful" and "triggering." On Thursday, The Atlantic reported that Trump called Sen. McCain a "f— loser" after his death in August 2018. Just last week, McCain and her family marked the two-year anniversary of Sen. McCain's death at 81, following a battle with brain cancer.
"I just got through two years without my Dad a few days ago," McCain wrote in her first tweet late Thursday. "The loss is still incredibly painful and raw. No one is more acutely aware of how vile and disgusting Trump has been to my family, it is still hard to understand - America knows who this man is." McCain said Trump's comments about her father "never stops being incredibly painful, triggering, and it rips off new layers of grief that wreak havoc on my life." She added, "I wouldn't wish any of it on my worst enemy. I truly pray for peace for my family, our grief, and for this country."
On Thursday night, The Atlantic published a report on Trump's thoughts on veterans, including details about Trump's feelings around McCain's death. After McCain's death, Trump allegedly said his administration was "not going to support that loser's funeral" and was angry that trump saw flags lowered to half-staff, three sources told The Atlantic. "What the f— are we doing that for? Guy was a f— loser," Trump reportedly told aides.
Donald Trump's Response
I was never a big fan of John McCain, disagreed with him on many things including ridiculous endless wars and the lack of success he had in dealing with the VA and our great Vets, but the lowering of our Nations American Flags, and the first class funeral he was given by our....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2020
The White House called The Atlantic's reporting false, although the Associated Press independently verified some of the reporting. Trump also took to Twitter to dispute the reporting on his feelings about McCain. The president claimed he "never called" McCain a "loser" and called the reporting "more made up Fake News given by disgusting & jealous failures in a disgraceful attempt to influence the 2020 Election!"prevnext
....John a loser and swear on whatever, or whoever, I was asked to swear on, that I never called our great fallen soldiers anything other than HEROES. This is more made up Fake News given by disgusting & jealous failures in a disgraceful attempt to influence the 2020 Election!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2020
However, Trump did call McCain a "loser" on video. In July 2015, when Trump was running for the Republican presidential nomination, Trump called McCain, who survived over five years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, a "dummy" and did not agree McCain was a war hero. "He's not a war hero," Trump said at the time. "He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured." Trump later added, "He's a war hero because he was captured. OK, I believe — perhaps he's a war hero." Trump continued criticism McCain after he took office, especially after McCain voted against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. McCain asked that Trump not attend his funeral, while both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama delivered eulogies.prevnext
“He lost. I never liked him as much after that. ‘Cause I don’t like losers.” pic.twitter.com/M3tQfSWHPR— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) September 4, 2020
Trump 2020: “I never called John a loser”
Trump 2015: “John McCain is a loser” pic.twitter.com/pdySqEvKYB— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) September 4, 2020
Use your voice. Use your platform. Inspire people to vote for the man you love. The one who was by your side in your time of grief. The human. Not the monster. You have one shot to change the world. Use your time. Do what’s right. For America. For your dad.— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) September 4, 2020