When John McCain Died, Trump Referred To Him As A “F***ing Loser”
Donald Trump shocked many in the United States when he said in 2015 that the late Senator John McCain was no war hero and he preferred “people who weren’t captured.” But it did little if any damage to his campaign and he soon found himself in the White House.
A new report from The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg indicates Trump’s disdain for the senator continued, and upon McCain’s death, the president referred to him as a “loser.”
When McCain died, in August 2018, Trump told his senior staff, according to three sources with direct knowledge of this event, “We’re not going to support that loser’s funeral,” and he became furious, according to witnesses, when he saw flags lowered to half-staff.
“What the fuck are we doing that for? Guy was a fucking loser,” the president told aides. Trump was not invited to McCain’s funeral.
Goldberg wrote that White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany did not respond to email or telephone requests for comment.
Sources familiar with Trump’s views indicate his “understanding of heroism has not evolved since he became president,” the journalist wrote, including that he “seems to genuinely not understand why Americans treat former prisoners of war with respect.”