The feud between President Donald Trump and Sen. John McCain dates back to the early days of the Trump campaign.
Two weeks after Trump declared his candidacy, McCain distanced himself from Trump’s comments on Mexico by declaring, “I just disagree with his comments about the, quote, ‘Mexicans.'” Two weeks later, The Republic published a story with the headline “McCain, Flake want no part of Trump’s Phoenix rally.”
The thousands of people that showed up for me in Phoenix were amazing Americans. @SenJohnMcCain called them "crazies"–must apologize!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2015
The feud reached its peak in July, when, at an event in Iowa, Trump further went on the offensive, telling the audience that McCain was “a war hero because he was captured” and that he liked “people that weren’t captured.”
After that, it was more than a year of escalating and de-escalating tensions, with McCain eventually endorsing Trump — then withdrawing it on October 8th following the leaked 2005 Access Hollywood tape. Trump had constantly attacked McCain for losing to Obama — but the feud is taking a new turn today, as McCain revealed what he really thinks about Obama.
According to The Hill:
Sen. John McCain said American leadership was stronger under President Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama, according to a Guardian report published Sunday.
Asked if the country stood on sturdier ground under Obama’s leadership, McCain said “yes,” according to the report.
“As far as American leadership is concerned, yes,” said McCain, who also vocally criticized many of the Obama administration’s foreign policy decisions.
McCain also lost to Obama when he ran as the GOP nominee in the 2008 presidential election.
The top Senate Republican was also asked what “message” the president delivered to the U.K. last week when he publicly criticized London’s mayor, shortly after a terror-related attack that left eight people dead and many more wounded.
“What do you think the message is? The message is that America doesn’t want to lead,” said McCain, chairman on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“They are not sure of American leadership, whether it be in Siberia or whether it be in Antarctica,” he added.
Naturally, most conservatives didn’t agree with the assessment…
John McCain is a disgrace. For any Republican office holder to praise the disastrous Obama years is an affront to all patriotic Americans
— Col. Ben Bannister (@ColBannister) June 12, 2017
When someone says, "give me 3 reasons we can't trust John McCain!" pic.twitter.com/LBF1mXY9w7
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) June 12, 2017
— FreedomWorks (@FreedomWorks) June 12, 2017
McCain must not mind having lost to Obama all that much after all.