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Arnold Defends McCain, Takes Personal Jab at Trump - Page 2

The late senator's youngest daughter also made a rare public pushback
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2019 1:06 PM CDT

  • Arnold is in: Arnold Schwarzenegger was friends with McCain, and the former governor unloads on Trump to the Atlantic. "An attack on (McCain) is absolutely unacceptable if he’s alive or dead—but even twice as unacceptable since he passed away a few months ago," he says, calling it "a shame that the president lets himself down to that kind of level." He also got in a shot at Trump's physique: “I know he must be working out every day, because he’s so unbelievably in shape."
  • A rebuttal: The McCain Institute issued a fact sheet about the late senator that doesn't mention Trump by name but is clearly intended as a "point-by-point rebuttal" to the president's attacks, per Politico. Among other things, it notes that McCain graduated fifth from the bottom of his Navy class and not, as Trump claimed, "last in his class."
  • Why now? If Trump has a political strategy in mind with the McCain attacks ("I never liked him much"), aides aren't sure what it is, reports Politico. The story notes that Trump is simultaneously waging a public feud with George Conway, husband of Kellyanne Conway. The Washington Post offers this: "Some close to the president have attributed his frustrations to worrying over the looming report on Russian election interference from the special counsel’s office ... while others said he simply has fewer advisers to restrain him from airing his grievances."
  • Trevor Noah: The Daily Show host ridiculed Trump's latest comments, notes the New York Times. “I really can’t believe Trump is beefing with a dead man—and losing," he said. "Like, I mean, who’s he going to go after next?" Then, impersonating Trump: "‘Albert Einstein, big dummy. How can E equal MC? They’re different letters! It doesn’t work, folks.'"
(Cindy McCain shared the hate that followed Trump's attacks.)

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