After Senator John McCain (R-AZ) cast the 51st and deciding vote against Republicans’ attempt to repeal Obamacare, President Trump has savaged him on Twitter.
McCain famously mustered the strength to travel from his Arizona home to Washington, immediately following eye surgery and a brain cancer diagnosis, and helped shoot down a Trumpcare bill that would have taken healthcare away from healthcare from at least 20 million Americans.
Piggy backing on Trump’s ire, his avowed supporters have spat incessant internet venom at the ailing Senator. Last night, the disgusting threats made a real world appearance as reported by US News & World Reports’ David Catanese:
This Trump supporter is shouting at protestors: "McCain needs to die now!" pic.twitter.com/pwjogHfYgH
— David Catanese (@davecatanese) August 22, 2017
The Senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain understandably took exception to the vile shout and took to Twitter. Her measured and respectful response, along with her composure in a difficult time, should be applauded. (Below.)
There is no question that this kind of hate speech has no place in our political discourse, but our First Amendment guarantees that we will never eliminate it from the fringes of society — and it is worth the trade off.
The difference now is that it is no longer limited to the fringe. It is being instigated by the President of the United States, and that is truly shameful.
I wouldn't wish seeing this about your own father on my worst enemy. May God help these people who inflict such cruelty in the world. https://t.co/2wV3yFI1Hn
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 23, 2017
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com