White House versus John McCain

Reuters: McCain’s daughter slams White House aide’s ‘he’s dying’ comments

Meghan McCain on Friday questioned how the White House aide who disparaged her ailing father, Republican U.S. Senator John McCain, during a meeting, still has a job.

Kelly Sadler, a White House communications aide, dismissed Senator McCain’s objection to President Donald Trump’s nominee to be CIA director, Gina Haspel, by saying that it “doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway,” a source familiar with the closed White House meeting told Reuters.

Speaking on the ABC show “The View,” which she co-hosts, Meghan McCain said she wanted to inform Sadler that her father’s battle with brain cancer has made her realize the meaning of life was “not how you die, it is how you live.”

“I don’t understand what kind of environment you’re working in when that would be acceptable, and then you can come to work the next day and still have a job,” McCain said.

Several of McCain’s fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill have condemned Sadler’s remarks.

Jeff Flake, Arizona’s other senator and a frequent critic of the White House under Trump, tweeted an article about the comments and wrote: “There are no words.”

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst tweeted that the United States should “treat this war hero and his family with the civility and respect they deserve.”

Sadler’s comments were reported the same day that a guest on Fox Business Network, retired Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney, suggested McCain divulged critical information to the North Vietnamese after being tortured.

 A network spokesperson said McInerney would no longer be invited on the Fox Business Network or Fox News.

The Hill: White House official calls Meghan McCain to apologize for remark about father

A White House official called Meghan McCain on Thursday to apologize after she mocked Sen. John McCain’s  cancer diagnosis during a meeting earlier in the day, a source told The Hill.

In a statement, the White House did not deny that Sadler made the remarks, which came amid a discussion of Haspel’s nomination to lead the CIA and McCain’s opposition to it.

“We respect Sen. McCain’s service to our nation, and he and his family are in our prayers during this difficult time,” the White House said.

“People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration. It happened yesterday.

John McCain is a genuine hero – a man of valor whose sacrifices for his country are immeasurable. As he fights for his life, he deserves better – so much better. Given this White House’s trail of disrespect towards John and others, this staffer is not an exception to the rule, she is the epitome of it.

Ours children learn from out example. The lingering question is whose example will it be. I am certain it will be John’s.”

– Joe Biden

This may seem like a storm in a swamp, but it is in a context of disrespectful president who has attacked many people. This is Donald Trump speaking about McCain during the presidential campaign:

“I supported him for president. I raised a million dollars for him, that’s a lot of money. I supported him, he lost, he let us down, but you know he lost and i never liked him as much after that cause i don’t like losers.

But…he’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero ’cause he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured ok I hate to tell you.

More recent context: Hatch Apologizes to McCain for Suggesting Trump Should Attend His Funeral

The New York Timeshad reported over the weekend that the ailing McCain has specifically said that he does not want Trump to come to his funeral, preferring Vice-President Pence to attend instead. This makes complete sense, considering that Trump has ridiculed McCain both for his service in Vietnam (“I prefer war heroes who weren’t captured”) and his legislative record, with McCain returning fire.

Utah senator Orrin Hatch apologized to John McCain on Tuesday after suggesting on Monday that the ailing senator should invite President Trump to his funeral, even though McCain has made it clear that he doesn’t want Trump there.

Hatch said on Monday that McCain’s wish for a Trump-free ceremony was “ridiculous,” drawing the ire of Meghan McCain.

“I’d like everybody to take a collective breath and chill out on my dad for a second — especially Orrin Hatch,” McCain said on The View, which she co-hosts.

Hatch then had a change of heart.

“I agree with the daughter,” Hatch told the Washington Post on Tuesday, in a strange turn of phrase. “I shouldn’t have said anything yesterday. I agree a hundred percent with her.” The Post reported that Hatch had also sent McCain a letter expressing his regrets.

A shit fight over a dying Senator does nothing to enhance an awful image of US politics.

An once this shows how much one small remark can impact on both the news cycle and on one person’s reputation and potentially her career.

57 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 12, 2018

    McCain is reaping what he has sown as is Flake. Sooner they both go the better.

    • Gezza

       /  May 12, 2018

      Man I thought Trump could be obnoxious, but you just pipped him at the post.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  May 12, 2018

        No, most Americans agree. See below.

        • Gezza

           /  May 12, 2018

          They haven’t been polled on your comment just above yet. I wish they could be.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  May 12, 2018

            Flake’s serving out his last days. So, reportedly, is McCain. Doesn’t look like either will be missed for their political legacy. McCain even dished dirt on his VP running mate recently.

    • Patzcuaro

       /  May 12, 2018

      There is no guarantee Flake will be replaced by a Republican. Also at this point most Americans disapprove of Trumps handling of his job.

      On a more light hearted note Melania Trump seems to be getting a tick.

      http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/387283-melania-rockets-up-list-of-most-popular-baby-names

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 12, 2018

    Flake and McCain the most unpopular Senators in the US after McConnell.

    https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/senators-most-hated.html/?a=viewall

    McCain has been at or near top of the list since at least 2014.

    • Gezza

       /  May 12, 2018

      You haven’t just flung shit, now you want us to roll in it with you?

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  May 12, 2018

        Can’t handle truth?

        • Gezza

           /  May 12, 2018

          Can’t handle someone being wished dead sooner because their politics don’t suit you.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  May 12, 2018

            He’s going to die anyway whether it is wished or not and when he does a lot of people will just see an unnecessary obstruction removed.

            • Gezza

               /  May 12, 2018

              Christ. You just keep getting worse.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 12, 2018

              Nope. As I said at the start, he’s reaping what he’s sowed. End of story.

            • Gezza

               /  May 12, 2018

              Nope – you’ve been a nasty piece of work.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 12, 2018

              Rubbish. McCain has been. That’s his problem not mine.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 12, 2018

              And if you want a bit of self-reflection compare the things you’ve said about Trump with what I’ve said about McCain.

            • Gezza

               /  May 12, 2018

              Show me where I said the sooner he dies the better. We’re done on this I’m afraid right now I’m disgusted with you.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 12, 2018

              Diddums.

            • Gezza

               /  May 12, 2018

              God is going to get you for this Wilkinson. >:D

              Because there isn’t one – I’m building one over the weekend, just for that purpose !

              You’ll have to go. 😡
              Who else have we got? o_O

              The Elbow?

  3. Conspiratoor

     /  May 12, 2018

    Yes, an ‘awful image’. But riddle me this. Obama never said anything awful. But how is it that this awful president is closing on his predecessors disapproval rating at the same stage

  4. Gezza

     /  May 12, 2018

    Just when I thought Trump did a decent thing, he makes it all about him!

    • David

       /  May 12, 2018

      Better than welcoming home a traitor and pretending he was a hero the way his predecessor did.

    • David

       /  May 12, 2018

      Do you not remember Obama in the Rose Garden with Burgdahl and his parents, the deserter that Obama swapped 5 high value terrorists for. Politicians take advantage of these things whats new and its just plain churlish to try and find fault in this. Trump for all his faults has been pretty good at freeing people and bringing them home, even 3 ungrateful basketball shoplifters.

      • Gezza

         /  May 12, 2018

        In some ways I wish I could agree with that David but unfortunately it’s just not a good fit with my narrative. :/

      • Gezza

         /  May 12, 2018

        David I’ve been thinking about this. I don’t blame Trump for this awful vid clip. I blame his campaign staff. I watched the entire landing & arrival at Joint Base Andrews, & Trump & Melania going up the steps alone into the aircraft to meet them. We were all waiting with bated breath to see what condition they were in & he brought them out to the top of the steps & they looked healthy and could walk – not like poor Otto Warmbier.

        He gestured for them to descend and then he & Melania followed quietly at a respectable distance.

        The meeting & greeting with Pence & Pompeo was warm and genuine – there was no doubt of that at all. You can’t fake that. He gave an impromptu press conference on the tarmac, over the sound of the jet engines. He hardly even boasted, he made them the focus of his remarks, he even thanked Kim Jong Un.

        He did everything right, and he deserves all credit for bringing them home.

        His staff have gone and somehow made this tacky. I’m disappointed in them. Not him.

  5. David

     /  May 12, 2018

    I have no problem with the comment, McCain has been a terrible Senator and since Trumps nomination he has made everything personal so some frustration and blunt words were spoken boohoo.

    • Gezza

       /  May 12, 2018

      The sooner you go the better too, then.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  May 12, 2018

        No. I like David. He’s much better than McCain and needs to stay to deflate your nonsense.

      • David

         /  May 12, 2018

        You have just spent the morning clutching your pearls at hurty words and then pretty much say exactly the same thing. The moral high ground was a bit temporary eh.

        • David

           /  May 12, 2018

          Addressed to Gezza

        • Gezza

           /  May 12, 2018

          I was illustrating a point.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  May 12, 2018

            You did, but not the one you intended.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 12, 2018

              Delete extra t. Anyone know why this S8 repeats keys when you hold the sides and encroach ever so slightly on the screen edge? Makes it a pain to use without a cover.

            • Gezza

               /  May 12, 2018

              Yes. It doesn’t like you.

          • David

             /  May 12, 2018

            Same as the WH staffer then Gezza, the point being they have a razor thin margin and McCain is a pain in the arse and wont be for much longer. Like Flake he is an arch hypocrite and wont be missed by many, wtf he he doing there anyway if he was any sort of a patriot he would step aside.

    • artcroft

       /  May 12, 2018

      Yeah, Trump is so even handed and well balanced, never indulging in spite and petty politics.

  6. Zedd

     /  May 12, 2018

    hes dying FFS.. Mr T.. give him a break man !
    he was a War hero.. survived it all to fight on

    • Zedd

       /  May 12, 2018

      TRUMP=Ruthless Prick 😦

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  May 12, 2018

        Trump didn’t say it. Why blame him? Was he even there?

        • Gezza

           /  May 12, 2018

          Bugger. I’ve got to go out and get a new rubber washer for the plunger in me toilet cistern, Al. It’s leaking worse than Comey ! Once I’ve got it fitted, I’ll be thinkin of you when I test it >:D

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  May 12, 2018

            Obviously it’s given up on all your crap this morning too, Sir Gerald. Hopefully you will come back flushed with success.

            • Gezza

               /  May 12, 2018

              😀
              Not bad.
              About time you said something actually witty.

            • Blazer

               /  May 12, 2018

              toilet humour is the refuge of the…anal retentive…Al.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 12, 2018

              You would know, I wouldn’t B.

            • Gezza

               /  May 12, 2018

              Mission accomplished. Thoroughly enjoyed visualising your arse flushing down into the sewer, Sir Alan. 👍🏼

              I’d call you a bastard if there wasn’t such a high risk of being sued by the Bastards Association for defamation after they read your disgusting comments here. 😠

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 12, 2018

              No chance as a Founder Member, Sir Gerald.

  7. MaureenW

     /  May 12, 2018

    That would be the same McCain that was involved in the Trump/Russia dossier that emanated from Clinton and which MCain passed through to Comey? He is a traitor – he wasn’t called songbird for nothing.
    Now he starts behaving like a jilted bride publicly announcing (sniff) he doesn’t want Trump at his funeral, wants Obama to deliver the eulogy, (sniff, sniff) it’s ok if Mike Pence comes.
    And this is Trump’s fault? Get a grip!

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  May 12, 2018

      No real evidence for the songbird accusation re Vietnam is there?

      • MaureenW

         /  May 12, 2018

        Evidence? No, probably not. Allegations levelled by a general though.
        It’s his participation in the Russian dossier charade that’s more prevelant and relevant to this conversation as far as I’m concerned.

    • Patzcuaro

       /  May 12, 2018

      If the POTUS goes to a funeral it is a security nightmare

  8. Joe Bloggs

     /  May 12, 2018

    McCain has much in his record that is honorable. We’ll soon hear a lot about that.

    But he also has much that is dishonorable, which isn’t talked about as much near the end of one’s life. To help balance the record, as a Senator, he often takes the rhetorical high road, then votes the low road. He added Sarah Palin to his presidential ticket without even a Trumpian vetting of her record. He has publicly used the verboten “c” word to describe his devoted second wife, the one with more money than he knows what to do with, after leaving his devoted first wife, who had stood by him through and after his Vietnam years.

    I don’t rate the totality of his record positively. It’s a long one and there’s room for debate. But the Trump White House is wholly despicable. it’s A-Ok to make fun of a dying man who at least served in the armed forces, as opposed to Mr Bone-Spurs, or whatever it was.

    Kelly Sadler should resign or be fired immediately. But then so should all her colleagues.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  May 12, 2018

      Rubbish. What she said was just a fact. You can’t be fired for speaking the truth.

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  May 12, 2018

        Your problem Alan is that you prioritise politics over decency and humanity.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  May 12, 2018

          I definitely don’t. Neither do I misrepresent like you. She wasn’t making fun of him, just noting that his usual self-promoting obstructiveness is now time limited.

        • Gezza

           /  May 12, 2018

          Don’t worry. If I can get this God thing I’m building to work properly, he’ll dematerialise at 7.30 am Monday morning.

    • artcroft

       /  May 12, 2018

      Well said.