During an interview with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo this week, President Donald Trump continued his attack on the late Senator John McCain, calling the Arizona Republican “horrible” for voting against the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare.
Trump further told Bartiromo, who had asked why he is going after a deceased man who can no longer defend himself, that he believes McCain was motivated by “evil” intentions in handing over the Steele dossier to the FBI.
“He was horrible, what he did with repeal and replace,” Trump said. “What he did to the Republican Party and to the nation and to sick people that could have had great healthcare was not good.”
In fact, McCain’s vote was against only repeal of the Affordable Care Act, as at the time, Republicans had no plan for replacing former President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment.
Regarding the dossier, Trump said it “was a fake, it was a fraud,” and he claimed that McCain gave it to the FBI “for very evil purposes.”
Bartiromo asked Trump why he continues to lash out at McCain, who died last year from brain cancer, but the president insisted he only verbalizes his feelings about McCain because the press keeps asking about it.
Though Bartiromo could have called Trump out on this falsehood, she let it slide; however, the truth is that Trump began attacking McCain on Twitter over the weekend of his own accord and continued the assault — unprovoked — during a speech in Lima, Ohio, on Wednesday.
While addressing an audience at a tank manufacturing facility, Trump added to his insults the complaint that no one thanked him for providing McCain the funeral he had desired: “I don’t care about this … I didn’t get a thank you. That’s okay. We sent him on the way. But I wasn’t a fan of John McCain,” Trump said.