Donald Trump is now calling out individual Republican lawmakers by name, targeting “the very foul mouthed” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Twitter for rescinding his endorsement.
Taking credit for McCain’s victory in the Grand Canyon state’s GOP primary, Trump on Tuesday criticized the Arizona senator for dropping him “over locker room remarks!”
The very foul mouthed Sen. John McCain begged for my support during his primary (I gave, he won), then dropped me over locker room remarks!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016
McCain unendorsed Trump in a strongly-worded letter on Saturday, saying Trump “alone should suffer the consequences” of a leaked 2005 video in which the Republican nominee bragged about using his celebrity status to prey on women.
“Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy,” McCain said, noting that Trump has also mocked a Gold Star family and the “Mexican” heritage of a federal judge, among other targets.
McCain and Trump have clashed since the early days of the 2016 race, when the real estate mogul said McCain was only a “war hero because he was captured.”
In the months since, they reached an uneasy truce, with McCain backing Trump after he emerged as the presumptive nominee but continuing to critique his offensive comments. Trump endorsed McCain’s primary bid in August, saying he holds him “in the highest esteem.”
Apparently the real estate mogul’s fond feeling has dissipated. He has spent Tuesday morning lashing out at “weak” Republican leadership and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for failing to properly defend him in the aftermath of the explosive leaked video.