‘At this point, I’d like to see some softening of the rhetoric…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Cindy McCain, widow of the late Sen. John McCain, said she will never fully forgive President Donald Trump for saying her husband wasn’t a war hero because he was captured.
“I thought it was inappropriate and wrong,” she told BBC in an interview on Wednesday. “I think that was a wrong thing to say. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it, to be honest.”
During his presidential campaign, Trump attacked the Arizona senator, saying, “I like people who weren’t captured.” Trump referenced McCain’s imprisonment during the Vietnam War, during which he was tortured and starved.
Cindy suggested that she was glad Trump didn’t make an appearance at her husband’s funeral in August.
“Even though it was a very public funeral, we are still a family. For all of us, for the sake of my own children, I didn’t want any disruption,” she said. “It was important to me that we kept it respectful and calm.”
Cindy McCain also said she’s not sure whether she will vote for Trump in 2020 if he runs for re-election.
“I don’t even know if he’s going to run,” she said. “I can’t answer that right now. … At this point, I’d like to see some softening of the rhetoric.”
The late senator’s daughter Meghan McCain has also been vocally critical of Trump since her father’s death, blaming him for the divisive rhetoric in today’s politics. Meghan said she regretted falling into the same trap and apologized for saying that she hated Hillary Clinton.
“Last year on this show I said ‘I hate Hillary Clinton’ and I called her ‘Crooked Hillary,’” McCain said on “The View” in October.
“And it is one of the things I regret doing. ‘Hate’ is not a word that should be coming out of my mouth on television about someone of a different political persuasion. So I need to hold myself to the same standard that I would like to hold the president.”