It seems that John McCain, the Arizona Senator who campaigns as a Republican but otherwise acts like a liberal Democrat, hates Donald Trump so much that he doesn’t want him at his funeral, the New York Times reported Saturday. Moreover, it seems that he now regrets having picked former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his 2008 running mate.
According to the Times:
As he battles brain cancer and the debilitating side effects of his aggressive treatment, Mr. McCain himself is reckoning with his history and the future, as he and a stream of friends share memories and say what needs to be said.
No one is saying goodbye, not explicitly. The son and grandson of admirals, Mr. McCain “doesn’t like overt sentimentality,” as his friend the former chief of staff Grant Woods put it. But his visitors are telling him they love him, how much he has meant to them — and together they are taking care of unfinished business.
The Republican senator encouraged the former Democratic vice president to “not walk away” from politics, as Mr. Biden put it before refusing to discuss a possible 2020 presidential run. Mr. McCain is using a new book and documentary to reveal his regret about not selecting former Senator Joseph I. Lieberman as his running mate in 2008. His intimates have informed the White House that their current plan for his funeral is for Vice President Mike Pence to attend the service to be held in Washington’s National Cathedral but not President Trump, with whom Mr. McCain has had a rockyrelationship.
And some of his associates, though not his family, have started to quietly put out word that they want a “McCain person” eventually appointed to fill his Senate seat, a roster that includes his wife, Cindy.
The 81-year-old senator has made it clear that he hates Trump so much that he reneged on a campaign promise to overturn Obamacare and actually voted to hurt Americans when the time came.
In fact, McCain has done everything he can to stop Trump’s agenda from moving forward, and has even blasted fellow Republicans as agents of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Daily Caller noted:
McCain’s “rocky relationship” with Trump famously began early in the 2016 GOP primary, when then candidate Trump said McCain was “not a war hero” in response to a disparaging remark the senator made about Trump’s supporters.
The Arizona senator withdrew his support of Trump after the “Access Hollywood” tapes came to light, and has been a prominent critic of both Trump and his policies ever since, even managing to return to Washington from surgery late last year to ensure the defeat of the GOP healthcare bill.
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