Sen. Amy Klobuchar claimed on the campaign trail this weekend that the late Sen. John McCain “kept reciting to me names of dictators” during President Trump’s inaugural address. This offended Meghan McCain who smacked Klobuchar for using her late father’s legacy as political fodder in a campaign. “On behalf of the entire McCain family, [Amy Klobuchar], please be respectful to all of us and leave my father’s legacy and memory out of presidential politics,” McCain, a co-host on “The View,” wrote.
This happened Saturday evening at an Iowa campaign stop for Klobuchar. Klobuchar claimed Sen. McCain (R-AZ) “kept reciting to me names of dictators during that speech because he knew more than any of us what we were facing as a nation. He understood it. He knew because he knew [Trump] more than any of us did,” Klobuchar said in her speech, as The Hill reported.
Klobuchar spoke of Trump twice in her remarks and they were totally disjointed and forced. In one case, she referenced Trump attacking McCain after his death and in the other, she cited a story about the former POW himself and what he had to say during Trump’s inauguration ceremony. Or rather, what he had to list in the way of dictators.
From Fox News:
“Klobuchar called Trump’s inauguration “dark” and claimed the “arch that we are on – this arch of justice – started the day after” the president formally took office, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“Trump and the Arizona senator had a tense relationship, with then-candidate Trump claiming at a 2015 event that the Vietnam War veteran “was a war hero because he was captured.”
“After Trump held a joint news conference in 2018 with Russian President Vladimir Putin, McCain responded in a statement claiming “the damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate.”‘
On behalf of the entire McCain family – @amyklobuchar please be respectful to all of us and leave my fathers legacy and memory out of presidential politics.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) May 27, 2019
Although the McCains do not care for President Trump, and that is an understatement, they don’t want John McCain’s memory tainted by using him as a political prop on the Democratic campaign trail. You can hardly blame them on that count.
John McCain served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and even survived as a prisoner of war. As a senator, he was a mixed bag for Republican voters as he frequently attacked President Trump towards the end of his life. It is interesting that Klobachur chose Memorial Day weekend for her utilization of John McCain against Trump.
It’s inexcusable behavior when McCain’s service to his country should have been remembered and not his political opinions weaponized. Shame on Amy Klobuchar. She should know better and surely does. In fact, if a Republican had done this, they’d be calling for their head right about now. It was a very insensitive and tacky thing to do especially on Memorial Day weekend.
Trump and McCain’s feud died with McCain. There is literally no excuse to use McCain’s memory as a political weapon on this of all weekends. It takes Trump Derangement Syndrome to new heights.