Trump is ‘deplorable’ for lashing out at McCain, says GOP Senator

Matt Saintsing
March 20, 2019 - 3:31 pm
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) blasts Trump for his repeated attacks on the late John McCain.

U.S. Army photo by Spc. Adeline Witherspoon


President Trump continued his barrage of attacks on the late John McCain while delivering remarks at the Lima Army Tank Plant in Ohio on Wednesday. 

"So I have to be honest, I've never liked him much. Hasn't been for me," said Trump. "I really probably never will." 

Unprompted, Trump then laid into McCain for a perplexing reason: not thanking him for his funeral. 

"I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve," Trump said. "I don't care about this. I didn't get thank you. That's OK. We sent him on the way, but I wasn't a fan of John McCain."

This was hours after Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) blasted Trump for his continuing attacks on McCain. 

Isakson on Wednesday said a whipping was coming the president’s way for his comments disparaging the late John McCain. 

But instead of verbal lashings, what followed from Georgia’s senior senator was more level headed criticism of Trump for attacking the late Arizona Senator who was also a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

“It’s deplorable what he said,” Isakson, the chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, said on Georgia Public Broadcasting's Political Rewind, using a word that carries particular political weight. 

“That’s what I called it from the floor of the Senate seven months ago,” he added, “It will be deplorable seven months from now if he says it again, and I will continue to speak out.” 

The problem, according to Isakson, is denigrating the service of any veteran for their political leanings. 

“There aren’t Democratic casualties and Republican casualties on the battlefield,” he said. “There are American casualties, and we should never reduce the service that people give to this country.” 

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Senate Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted praise of McCain about an hour before Isakson’s comments. Nigut asked Isakson if he coordinated any messaging with his Republican colleagues, which Isakson denied, despite admitting the two had dinner together on Tuesday night in Atlanta. 

“What I said was already known,” said Isakson. “It wasn’t anything new.” 

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He continued that both he and McConnell are two of the 97 current members of Congress to have served in the military. “Mitch has been a great leader, and a great example throughout his life and I admire him for it, and I appreciate his leadership, and I appreciate what he said about John,” added Isakson. 

“And he’s 100 percent right.” 

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Isakson served for six years in Georgia Air National Guard, while McConnell was honorably discharged from the Army Reserve due to medical issues five weeks into his service. 

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