Republican Senate candidate Kelli Ward – who made national headlines when she called for Senator John McCain to step down following his brain cancer diagnosis – is married to a man who appears to peddle right-wing conspiracy theories in his spare time -- and who accused McCain of supporting, funding, and training ISIS.
Michael Ward, who like his wife is a doctor, is an Arizona political activist and heavily involved in his wife's campaign for the Republican nomination for US Senate in Arizona in the race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake. He frequently appears at campaign events, knocks on doors to speak with voters and has even appeared at a local event on his wife's behalf.
On Twitter, Michael Ward retweeted users who suggested that a murdered staffer of the Democratic National Committee, Seth Rich, was involved in the hacking of the organization's emails and who implied a conspiracy theory to cover up his death.
A spokesperson for Kelli Ward’s campaign said it is foolish to worry about her husband’s tweets, telling CNN, "Focusing on obscure details of Dr. Ward's social media activity rather than his impressive profile as a emergency physician and decorated 33-year Air Force veteran is ridiculous and shows exactly why the mainstream media is losing all credibility."
CNN compiled a sampling of Michael Ward's "obscure" tweets -- including those regarding Sen. McCain:
In July 2016, Ward tweeted an image that alleged McCain met with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS and that he funds the enemies of America. The picture was McCain speaking with Syrian rebels, including a man that Ward claimed was al-Baghdadi. In August 2016, Ward retweeted another account sharing the same image and allegations.
In March 2017, Ward claimed on Twitter that McCain "supports, funds, equips and trains #ISIS"
Ward frequently mocked McCain for his age on Twitter. In July 2016, Ward said that McCain "is the weakness frail and scared guy that won't debate @kelliwardaz." Also in July 2016, Ward tweeted that McCain was "a senior citizen masquerading as a competent Senator."
In June 2016, Ward retweeted an image calling McCain a "senile old fart" who "loves illegal immigrants" and "thinks he can make it all okay by calling himself a 'war hero.'"