Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) went off on Fox News’ Peter Doocy in the halls of the Senate Tuesday night after he was asked whether he would oppose anything supported by President Donald Trump.
What did McCain say?
Doocy approached McCain and asked if his relationship with Trump was so “frayed” that McCain would “not support anything” that the president came and asked him for.
McCain fired back, “Why would you say something that stupid? Why would you ask something that dumb? Huh?”
“You mean I am somehow going to behave in a way that I’m going to block everything because of some personal disagreement?” McCain said incredulously. “That’s a dumb question.”
Doocy’s question referred to the recent resurgence in McCain and Trump’s ongoing “feud,” after McCain delivered a rebuke of Trump’s “half-baked nationalism” during a speech accepting the Liberty Medal on Monday night.
Trump, in a radio interview on Tuesday, responded to McCain’s jab and said, “At some point I fight back and it won’t be pretty.”
Some of the larger issues that McCain and Trump have had
- McCain distanced himself from Trump in June 2015, when he first announced his candidacy for president.
- McCain would later not show up for Trump’s Arizona rally in July 2015. At that rally, Trump hammered McCain for being soft on immigration. “If the right person runs against John McCain, he will lose,” Trump said.
- McCain fired back at Trump’s criticisms at his Arizona rally, and blasted him for firing up the “crazies” — a remark he would later apologize for.
- Trump, at a July 2015 event in Iowa, disparaged McCain for being caught as a prisoner of war. “I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said.
- McCain in April 2016 announced that he would not attend the Republican National Convention, where Trump would accept the party nomination.
- McCain in October 2016 expressed his disgust at Trump’s infamous “Access Hollywood” tape. Saying that there were “no excuses” for Trump’s behavior on the tape, McCain noted that Trump “alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences.”
- McCain cast the deciding vote on the “skinny repeal” of Obamacare in July.