Less than an hour before Donald Trump was set to begin his Tuesday night State of the Union, Meghan McCain lambasted the president for taking a petty jab at her father’s book sales during a luncheon earlier in the day, writing on Twitter that “the greatness of my father’s life and legacy haunts you.”
McCain’s comments came in response to a report detailing a private lunch Trump had with television news anchors. There, Trump lashed out at myriad Democrats — calling former vice president Joe Biden “dumb” and dubbing Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) a “nasty son of a bitch.”
Trump also slammed Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) for “choking like a dog” at a news conference after a racist photo was discovered in his 1984 yearbook that showed someone in blackface next to someone in a Ku Klux Klan hood.
But the president’s prodding didn’t stop there. He also took a shot at the late senator John McCain, who died in August after being diagnosed with a brain tumor the previous year. McCain’s 2017 vote against the skinny repeal of the Affordable Care Act irked Trump and added fuel to long-standing ill will between the two men — sentiments that Trump apparently still harbors, months after McCain’s death. He said at the lunch that McCain’s final book — “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations” — “bombed.”
Meghan McCain lashed back at Trump on Twitter, writing: “The president’s obsession with my father 6 months after his death is pathetic and telling — even at a time when he should be focusing on his message to the American public and the state of our union — the greatness of my father’s life and legacy haunts you.”
Trump has a long history of taking digs at John McCain, showing a lack of compassion for his health problems and once declaring he was “not a war hero,” despite being held prisoner during the Vietnam War.
“He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said during a forum in Ames, Iowa.
John McCain’s memoir was published in 2018. It became a New York Times bestseller.