Defeated Republican Rep. Jason Lewis (MN) blamed late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for Republicans’ loss of the House last week in an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, when Veterans Day is traditionally observed.
The editorial sparked outrage, given McCain’s status as a decorated veteran and a prisoner of war during Vietnam. McCain recently passed away after a long battle with brain cancer.
In the op-ed entitled, “Who lost the House? John McCain,” Lewis, who lost his reelection to Democrat Angie Craig last week, claimed McCain’s votes against repealing Obamacare prompted a “green wave” of fundraising for Democrats.
“The late Arizona senator’s grievance with all things Trump was well known, but this obsession on the part of “Never Trump” Republicans has to end,” Lewis wrote. “Disapprove of the president’s style if you like, but don’t sacrifice sound policy to pettiness.”
The publication of the op-ed prompted a response from McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain on Twitter Sunday.
This is abhorrent. https://t.co/dPpjYcwk81
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) November 12, 2018