Senator slams Trump for repeated attacks on John McCain

Matt Saintsing
March 20, 2019 - 11:25 am
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) slams Trump for his comments about the late John McCain.

Photo by Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS


Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is planning to call out President Trump on Wednesday for once again disparaging the late John McCain.

“I just want to lay it on the line, that the country deserves better, the McCain family deserves better, I don’t care if he’s president of United States, owns all the real estate in New York, or is building the greatest immigration system in the world,” Isakson told the Bulwark. 

“Nothing is more important than the integrity of the country and those who fought and risked their lives for all of us.”

U.S. Army photo by Spc. Adeline Witherspoon

Georgia’s senior Senator added the president’s comments “drive me crazy”. Isakson has a history of speaking out against what he views are cruel and unfair criticisms of John McCain. 

On August 25—the day McCain died—Isakson took to the Senate floor to excoriate anyone who “tarnishes the reputation of John McCain,” adding anyone who did so “deserved a whipping.” 

“So I would say to the president or anybody in the world, it is time to pause and say that this was a great man who gave everything for us,” said Isakson. 

“We owe him nothing less than the respect that he earned, and that is what I intend to give John in return for what he gave me.”

Trump has a history of lashing out at McCain with the latest coming Tuesday when he told reporters at in the Oval Office he never liked him and was “very unhappy that he didn’t repeal and replace Obamacare, as you know.” 

“They got to a vote, and he said thumbs down,” added Trump. “I think that’s disgraceful.” 

“I was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be,” the president said of the late Arizona senator who died after a battle with brain cancer. 

The following day, Cindy McCain posted a profanity-riddled message she received on Twitter. 

Isakson has been a reliable supporter of Trump’s, but as chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, he’s more forceful than his colleagues in rebuking the president’s language on McCain. 

“I want to elevate John,” said Isakson. “John was better than I am, and I know it.” 

“John was the best of my generation. John McCain was and is a great human being,” he added. 

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