Senator John McCain was a great American. He served his country with valor and honor in the military and in government. May he rest in peace. That said, he is not beyond reproach, nor should he be. Who better to remind us of this than President Trump.
According to USA Today, the feud between the senator and the president dates back to 2000. Trump who was considering a run for the president, “criticized McCain’s war service as he sized up other potential candidates in an interview on CBS. ‘ “He was captured. Does being captured make you a hero? I don’t know. I’m not sure.”
Barack Obama and Charlie Rangel sparred when they were in office.
That remark set the stage for a two-decade feud. Through the years, the two men would periodically trade jabs at the other. While many seem aghast by the president’s attacks on the senator, this isn’t the first time a sitting president has gone after a member of his own party.
In 2013 President Barack Obama and Rep. Charlie Rangel (D) New York, went at it for a couple of rounds.
Obama and Rangel’s feud dated back to 2008. Obama was running for president and Rangel endorsed Hillary Clinton over him.
Rangel, who is a Korean War Veteran, is often quoted as saying, “There’s just no question in my mind that Hillary would be in a better position than a freshman senator. This ain’t no time for a beginner.’’
Once the senator from Chicago clenched the nomination, Rangel, threw his support behind him. But the wedge had already been created.
In 2010, Rangel was faced with censorship from the House of Representatives. The matter stemmed from him failing to pay taxes on a property he owned in the Dominican Republic. Many on the Hill quietly felt that he should resign. Obama even suggested to CBS News that Rangel step aside.
“He’s somebody who’s at the end of his career,’’ Obama told CBS News. “I’m sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity, and my hope is that it happens.’’
When Rangel ran for Congress in 2014, his 23rd term, he was looking for an endorsement from President Obama. Although the president did not endorse him, Rangel won. Their frosty relationship lasted up to the representative’s retirement.
McCain’s Death Didn’t Stop The Feud
Trump and McCain’s contentious relationship seems to be going beyond the grave. Many had thought it would have ended following McCain’s death from brain cancer in August 2018.
However, the president renewed his attacks on McCain, after Ken Starr, the independent counsel who investigated then-President Bill Clinton, appeared on Fox News. During his appearance, he referenced British Spy Christopher Steele’s Russia dossier saying it was, “a very dark stain” against John McCain.
Picking up on Starr’s comments the president tweeted, “Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier ‘is, unfortunately, a very dark stain against John McCain.'”
It is believed that McCain took the dossier, which kick-started the now Russia Collusion investigation, to the FBI. The senator denied these allegations up to his death.
According to New Right Nework.com and other media outlets, the dossier alleged a widespread conspiracy of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Some believe the dossier laid part of the foundation for a special counsel to be created to investigate Russia collusion. To date, the dossier is yet to be verified.