While there may be no love lost between the late Senator John McCain, and the President Trump, that does not mean that McCain’s family want his words used by Trump’s Democratic presidential opponents.
The daughter of the late Arizona senator has asked Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s to “leave my father’s legacy and memory out of presidential politics.” That request came in a tweet in response to Klobuchar’s claim that the late Sen. John McCain “kept reciting to me names of dictators” during President Trump’s inaugural address.
Meghan McCain took to Twitter to criticize Klobuchar, D-Minn., a 2020 presidential candidate, for invoking her father’s name during a campaign event.
“On behalf of the entire McCain family, [Amy Klobuchar], please be respectful to all of us and leave my father’s legacy and memory out of presidential politics,” McCain, a co-host on “The View,” wrote.
At an event in Iowa over the long Memorial Day Weekend, Klobuchar claimed Sen. McCain, “kept reciting to me names of dictators during that speech because he knew more than any of us what we were facing as a nation.”
“He understood it. He knew because he knew [Trump] more than any of us did,” Klobuchar said in her speech, as has been reported.
Klobuchar called Trump’s inauguration “dark” and claimed “The arc that we are on, this arc of justice, started the day after that dark inauguration,” Klobuchar said. “The day when I sat on that stage between Bernie and John McCain, and John McCain kept reciting to me names of dictators during that speech, because he knew more than any of us what we were facing as a nation. He understood it. He knew because he knew this man more than any of us did.”
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Trump and the Arizona senator had a tense relationship, with then-candidate Trump claiming at a 2015 event that the Vietnam War veteran “was a not a war hero because he was captured.”
After Trump held a joint news conference in 2018 with Russian President Vladimir Putin, McCain responded in a statement claiming “the damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate.”
Tim Hogan, a spokesman for Amy for America responded to the controversy, saying in a statement that Klobuchar had a “long-term friendship” with McCain and has defended him against Trump’s criticisms.
“She has deep respect for his family. While she was simply sharing a memory, she continues to believe that the best stories about Senator McCain are not about the views he had about President Trump: they are about McCain’s own valor and heroism,” Hogan said.