Senate Republicans are stepping up their defense of John McCain. And Donald Trump is ignoring them entirely.In his latest bid to tarnish McCain’s legacy and reshape the GOP in his own image, the president offered a new set of attacks on the late Arizona senator even after Sen.
Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) blasted Trump for “deplorable“ behavior on Wednesday and other Republicans issued statements defending their former colleague.
But Trump made clear at an appearance in Lima, Ohio, that he’s not going to adjust his public views of McCain just because they make his party uncomfortable.
Trump said on Wednesday of McCain that he “never liked him much … probably never will” and dinged him again for passing the Steele dossier, a mostly unverified report focusing on the president’s alleged ties to Russia, to the FBI.
Trump said McCain’s vote against Obamacare repeal ended up “badly hurting our nation.” He also said McCain, who worked on expanding veterans’ health options with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), “didn’t get the job done for our great vets in the V.A., and they knew it.”