‘There aren’t Democratic casualties and Republican casualties on the battlefield…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson condemned President Donald Trump’s attacks on the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and vowed to rally Republicans against the president if he continued to speak ill of what he called the deceased war hero.
“It’s deplorable what he said,” Isakson told Georgia Public Broadcasting on Wednesday. “That’s what I said on the floor of the Senate seven months ago. It will be deplorable seven months from now if he says it again and I will continue to speak out.”
“There aren’t Democratic casualties and Republican casualties on the battlefield, there are American casualties,” Isakson continued. “And we should never reduce the service that people give to this country including the offering of their own lives to any political fodder in Washington, D.C., or anywhere else for that matter.”
Trump slammed McCain over the weekend for disavowing the GOP’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and for promoting the discredited Steele dossier.
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
After McCain’s death last year, Isakson gave a Senate speech and said “anybody who in any way tarnishes the reputation of John McCain deserves a whipping because most of those who would do the wrong thing about John McCain didn’t have the guts to do the right thing when it was their turn.”
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, chimed in as well, slamming Trump for disparaging a “heroic” and “empathetic” man like McCain.
“I can’t understand why the President would, once again, disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain: heroic, courageous, patriotic, honorable, self-effacing, self-sacrificing, empathetic, and driven by duty to family, country, and God,” Romney wrote on Twitter.
Isakson said McCain’s veteran status should carry more weight, and that Trump should have more respect for McCain’s service.
“If my kids started talking John McCain not being a hero, or because he was a prisoner of war didn’t make any difference, they would have a serious conversation with me and I would have it with them,” Isakson said.