Donald Trump bristled at the news on Friday that the late GOP Senator John McCain and a close friend shared the infamous, unverified Steele dossier with several media outlets and the FBI.
Quoting former special counsel Ken Starr, Trump tweeted that McCain’s actions were a “very dark stain” on his reputation.
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 late senator’s daughter Meghan fired back:
No one will ever love you the way they loved my father…. I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine? https://t.co/q7ezwmHiQ4
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 16, 2019
Meghan McCain’s reaction is entirely understandable. But someone should have told her that you don’t get in a pissing match with the president.
He’s bigger and nastier than Meghan McCain, as shown in this tweet this morning:
So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) “last in his class” (Annapolis) John McCain that sent the Fake Dossier to the FBI and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election. He & the Dems, working together, failed (as usual). Even the Fake News refused this garbage!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019
Besides, who really “loved” John McCain?
The media certainly did. He made good copy trashing his fellow Republicans, playing up his “maverick” persona. I’m sure he had friends in the Senate, but probably not many.
In truth, John McCain’s statements and actions leading up to his death made him many enemies. His bizarre vote against the Obamacare repeal and his attacks on Donald Trump did not endear him to the GOP masses.
There was a time when there was much to admire about John McCain. In the 1980s as a congressman and senator, he was a vigorous advocate for a strong national defense. He was knowledgeable, forceful, and proved to be a key ally of President Reagan when the Gipper massively increased defense spending.
But something happened to McCain over the years. He began to believe the raves in the media about his status as a GOP “maverick.” He became a caricature of his former self. Whether he did so in order to win the GOP nomination in 2008 we’ll never be sure, but McCain appeared to revel in his maverickness and the media ate it up.
Of course, once he became the nominee, the press turned on him. He was running against Light Bringer Obama and had to be destroyed.
Meghan McCain has a high opinion of her father. Many of the rest of us — not so much.