President Donald Trump on Wednesday angrily tried to dismiss Cindy McCain snubbing him as her party’s candidate after she endorsed his Democratic opponent Joe Biden saying, “Cindy can have Sleepy Joe!”
“I hardly know Cindy McCain,” Trump tweeted in what appeared to be an attempt to lick his wounds following an endorsement of his rival by the wife of late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Cindy McCain’s backing of Biden could carry weight with voters as the President battles for support in Arizona which has become a battleground state.
The President who is known for outbursts when snubbed said that he was “never a fan” of John McCain.
“Joe Biden was John McCain’s lapdog. So many BAD decisions on Endless Wars & the V.A., which I brought from a horror show to HIGH APPROVAL. Never a fan of John. Cindy can have Sleepy Joe!” Trump said.
Cindy McCain officially endorsed Biden on Tuesday, lauding him as the only candidate in the presidential race who “stands up for our values as a nation.” During the Democratic National Convention in August, Cindy McCain narrated a video recounting a friendship between her late husband and Biden, that crossed party lines.
Cindy McCain’s endorsement Tuesday follows an article published in The Atlantic earlier this month that reported disparaging remarks made by the President in 2018 that referred to fallen service members as “losers” and “suckers.”
Biden announced the endorsement during a virtual fundraiser Tuesday afternoon saying, John McCain’s wife was endorsing him for the “first time ever” following revelations about President Trump’s denigrating comments toward service men and women who — like his son and McCain’s — “are heroes, who served their country.”
Trump denied mocking McCain and fallen soldiers and dismissed the report as “fake news” in a series of tweets. The White House has also sharply denied The Atlantic’s report.
But the reported comments in 2018 were not the first time Trump has gone after the late Arizona lawmaker.
In 2015, Trump ripped at senator saying the only reason McCain who was held captive for more than five years in Vietnam had earned the title of a war hero was because he had been a prisoner of war. Trump said at the time he preferred those who weren’t “captured.”
Cindy McCain was shown the President’s tweet about her Biden endorsement during a Good Morning America interview early Wednesday. When asked for her response to the President’s tweet. She said simply: “I don’t have any.”