GOP Senators Defend John McCain After President Trump's Attacks: 'Genuine American Hero'

Geraldine Edwards
March 21, 2019

Feel bad for people out there who are being bullied that don't have support.

The audience, which had applauded and cheered through much of the speech, sat virtually silent during the attack on the late senator and decorated war hero. The dossier detailed Trump's ties to Moscow.

"He got it, and what did he do?"

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Trump said: "I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be".

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally who was a close friend of John McCain's, has strongly pushed back against Trump's past attacks of the late senator. Martha McSally, who now holds McCain's Senate seat, who tweeted, "John McCain is an American hero and I am thankful for his life of service and legacy to our country and Arizona".

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"I know this is so weird because it's about my dad and it's a Hot Topic", she said, before first thanking the other women at the table for having her back.

The flag was returned to half-staff following Isakson's criticism.

"I just want to lay it on the line, that the country deserves better, the McCain family deserves better, I don't care if he's president of the United States, owns all the real estate in NY, or is building the greatest immigration system in the world", Isakson said about Mr. Trump in an interview with the website The Bulwark on Tuesday evening.

McCain died previous year of brain cancer. Lindsey Graham, of SC, issued two tweets praising McCain without mentioning Mr. Trump. Sen.

Most Republicans go to great lengths to avoid criticising Trump, to keep from also becoming targets of a presidential tirade on Twitter.

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Trump will also attend a campaign fundraiser in Canton, Ohio.

In a series of tweets over the weekend, Trump said "So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) "last in his class" (Annapolis) John McCain that sent the Fake Dossier to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election", Trump tweeted on Sunday.

Isakson of Georgia is somewhat insulated from political pressure because he won his third Senate term in 2016 and won't be up for re-election until 2022. To lie in state, one needs the approval of Congress. Isakson called the comments "deplorable".

Kramer, a former State Department official, speculated in a December 13, 2017, deposition that Steele and Fusion GPS chose McCain so a Republican, rather than a Democrat, could present the dossier to Comey. "Maybe they calculate you rip him back, he will just rip you to shreds; rarely in person, more coldly, more consistently, via tweet", said Cavuto, nodding to the time former State Secretary Rex Tillerson found out he lost his job through Twitter, and how Mike Pompeo timidly jokes that the same will happen to him. However, he expressed opposition to naming the Russel Senate Office Building after McCain, saying that the proposal by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to do so was "playing politics".

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