by John Bowden · March 16, 2019
President Trump took aim at late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Twitter on Saturday for his vote against the GOP Senate majority during the Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare in 2017.
McCain, who died last year, was the third Republican to vote against the bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, former President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment, in 2017.
The tweet appeared to refer to the unverified dossier of Trump’s ties to Russia, authored by a former British intelligence agent and reportedly provided to BuzzFeed by McCain’s office.
“Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier ‘is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain,’” Trump said, apparently quoting former independent counsel Ken Starr, who headed the congressional investigation into the Clinton administration.
“He had far worse ‘stains’ than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!” the president continued.
Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier “is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.” Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel. He had far worse “stains” than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2019
The tweet is Trump’s second shot at McCain in recent months. He reportedly told a group of news anchors during an off-the-record meeting in February that the late Arizona Republican’s book in which McCain was critical of Trump “bombed.”
McCain was a frequent critic of Trump and rescinded his endorsement during the 2016 general election following lewd comments Trump made on an “Access Hollywood” video that resurfaced late in the campaign.
The Hill · by John Bowden · March 16, 2019