The McCain family is strongly Republican, but they aren’t supporting the Republican nominee for the White House.
The Biden campaign and its media allies are heralding the news that Cindy McCain, widow of the late Republican Sen. John McCain (AZ), has officially endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to be the next president, The Hill reported Tuesday.
The Democratic nominee was referencing an entirely anonymously-sourced hit piece from The Atlantic that accused President Trump of making disparaging comments about fallen U.S. soldiers and wounded veterans.
The president forcefully denied the accusation, as the Wall Street Journal reported, and more than a dozen current and former officials who were present on the 2018 visit to France where the comments were allegedly made said it never happened, including Zach Fuentes, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff to Gen. John Kelly, and former National Security Adviser John Bolton.
The news of Cindy McCain’s endorsement was first announced by Biden himself during a virtual fundraiser on Tuesday.
“Maybe I shouldn’t say it, but I’m about to go on one of these Zooms with John McCain’s wife, who is, first time ever, is endorsing me because of what [President Donald Trump] talks about with my son and John’s, who are heroes, who served their country, you know he said they’re losers, they’re suckers,” Biden said, according to The Hill.
Shortly after Biden revealed that Mrs. McCain would endorse him, she confirmed the announcement in a series of tweets Tuesday evening.
“My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There’s only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is Joe Biden,” McCain tweeted.
McCain also said that despite disagreements with Biden on certain issues and “passionate arguments” over those differences, she believed Biden was a “good and honest man” who would “lead us with dignity.” She went on to argue that, because Biden had sent his son off to fight in a war, he would make a dependable commander-in-chief of the U.S. military.
“Never a fan”
McCain’s endorsement isn’t shocking considering the animosity that has existed between Trump and the McCain family going back to the early days of the 2016 GOP primary. McCain even participated in the Democratic National Convention in mid-August. The widow of the late senator and 2008 GOP nominee provided narration for a video played at the convention that highlighted the personal friendship between John McCain and Biden.
Trump, for his part, responded to McCain’s Biden endorsement Wednesday morning on Twitter. “I hardly know Cindy McCain other than having put her on a Committee at her husband’s request,” he tweeted.
“Joe Biden was John McCain’s lapdog,” Trump wrote. “So many BAD decisions on Endless Wars [and] the V.A., which I brought from a horror show to HIGH APPROVAL. Never a fan of John. Cindy can have Sleepy Joe!”