President Donald Trump’s ire for the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has been well-documented. On the campaign trail, Trump questioned why the former prisoner of war was described as a war hero and McCain railed against Trump for siding with Russian president Vladimir Putin at a press conference in Helsinki.
Trump’s bitterness against McCain reached new debts, however, when McCain famously voted no on Trump’s overhaul of the Affordable Care Act. The legislation failed, humiliating Trump.
Months after McCain’s death, the president still brings up McCain’s perceived slight against Trump’s efforts to revoke millions of people’s healthcare.
In fact, that’s what many believe the President did on Wednesday in a speech to the Faith & Freedom Coalition.
President Trump: "We needed 60 votes and we had 51 votes. And sometimes, you know, you have a little hard time with a couple of them, right? Fortunately they're gone now. They've gone on to greener pastures. Or, perhaps, less green pastures." https://t.co/TzrNBgJSlE pic.twitter.com/fPNMzWSveE
— The Hill (@thehill) June 27, 2019
Trump appeared not only to rejoice in McCain’s death—but to claim he was in hell:
“We needed 60 votes. And we had 51 votes. And sometimes, you know, we had a little hard time with a couple of them, right? Fortunately, they’re gone now. They’ve gone on to greener pastures. Or perhaps far less green pastures… They’re gone. I’m very happy they’re gone.”
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley assured that Trump was actually talking about former Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) who have since left the senate for other endeavors, but were often reluctant to vote with the more radical policies championed by Trump.
However, McCain was the only Republican to vote against healthcare overhaul who isn’t still in the senate. With Trump’s bitterness toward McCain so pronounced, people aren’t buying that Trump was talking about Corker or Flake.
Alternate reality. Every single day. And his minions believe every word.
— Glenn Barnes (@gbarnes911) June 27, 2019
We all know that he was talking about the deceased Senator McCain!
— DenmarkV60 (@RJTrouble) June 27, 2019
Because Trump would never say something despicable and deliberately shocking about John McCain…
— Stephen Tignor (@SameSteveTignor) June 27, 2019
And people were disgusted.
Trump is such a disgusting and loathsome monster. This truly pathetic and poorly veiled shot at McCain is simply Trump projecting again, because it's Trump who's clearly hellbound at this point.
— Barbara Walsh (@AtreiyaN7) June 26, 2019
Vile man. McCain saved lives by refusing to repeal without any "replace".
— Reader Adrift (@ReaderAdrift) June 26, 2019
Never fails. Every time I think he’s said the most appalling thing possible, he exceeds it.
— ACME Family Founder (@ACMELeader) June 26, 2019
Probably the only time he is telling the truth. This is exactly how he feels. No empathy at all
— Debbie B (@debborahj) June 26, 2019
Trump didn’t lower flags to half mast when McCain died last August until after days of national outcry. As recently as this month, the Navy was asked to remove the USS John McCain from Trump’s sight while he was on a visit to Japan.
Perhaps McCain isn’t in greener pastures, but in Trump’s head. Rent free.