Ernst Mildly Swats At President On McCain: ‘I Don’t Appreciate It’

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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) joined a couple of her colleagues in offering up a milquetoast rebuke of President Donald Trump’s vicious treatment of the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), according to a Thursday Politico report.

“I do not appreciate his tweets,” she said during a local town hall. “John McCain is a dear friend of mine. So, no I don’t agree with President Trump and he does need to stop.”

“He’s dear to me,” she added. “I can’t stop the President, what I can do is say Mr. President — I don’t appreciate it.”

Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) also pushed back on the President for his unending barrage of McCain insults this week.

Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) praised McCain but declined to criticize Trump.

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