Donald Trump lashed out at John McCain on Twitter Saturday, criticizing the late Senator for his vote against a repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate.
Trump quoted a comment from former independent counsel Ken Starr, who spoke on Fox News about reports that a McCain associate passed the Steele dossier on Trump to media outlets.
Starr called McCain an “American hero,” but said if the reports are true, it is “unfortunately a very dark stain” on the Arizona Republican who died last year.
In Trump’s tweet, he added that McCain “had far worse ‘stains’ than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2019
McCain voted against the “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act in 2017, in an act of defiance that Trump has never quite let go.
Twitter had some thoughts:
My god let the poor man die. https://t.co/b7O8avlnVx
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 16, 2019
Speaking ill of the dead.
I'd say I'm surprised but, well, how can you be at this point? https://t.co/AtVSBeAdDa
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) March 16, 2019
Even after McCain's death, President Trump clearly not willing to forgive the late Senator's 'no' vote on healthcare. https://t.co/ZPG59Gztr1
— Vivian Salama (@vmsalama) March 16, 2019
John McCain received a Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, a Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars, and two Legion of Merit medals after his time in Vietnam.
Donald Trump received four draft deferments and alleged bone spurs. https://t.co/SD246QJSwa
— Morten Øverbye (@morten) March 16, 2019
The president has harsher language for a dead war hero than he does for dictator Kim Jong Un. https://t.co/7JlPG1efvy
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) March 16, 2019
And you dare to talk about stains?
Keep in mind that you are the world's darkest stain right now.
Even more so when you retweet an attack to a dead man that was a hundred times a better person than you are.
You are nauseously sick. https://t.co/Rrk5P72N4c
— I am that… (@Nievenegro) March 16, 2019
John McCain did exactly what he should’ve done with the dossier. That’s what any true patriot would’ve done.
I didn’t agree much with John McCain politically, but I respect his service to the country. He is respected and missed. Can’t say the same for you when you’re gone.
— Lori (@LoHoFran) March 16, 2019
I am at loss for words regarding this tweet. Attacking a dead war hero, a man who dedicated his life to the service of his country in war and in the US Senate. Just when we think that you can't sink any lower you manage to surprise us.
— Michael (@msubones) March 16, 2019