Republicans experienced the eye-roll heard round-the political world when Cindy McCain, the second wife of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain made the predictable move of endorsing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Biden and McCain had a close relationship during their combined time in Washington, which is not something that can be said of President Donald Trump and the late senator. McCain and Trump clashed on a regular basis during the end of McCain’s life. The conflict was so intense that many believe it to be the reason McCain at the last moment cast his vote against the president’s healthcare initiative that would have undone much of the Affordable Care Act.
Since McCain’s passing, his wife Cindy and daughter Meghan McCain have continued his legacy of standing up to the president and whatever Republican cause he attempts to impress on Republicans.
Despite the tenuous political balance in Washington and the literal death and destruction that Democrats plan to allow to continue with planned cuts to police force, McCain used her late husband’s platform to come out in support of the Democratic nominee, claiming that it’s what her husband would have done. And conservatives are inclined to believe her.
“My husband John lived by a code: country first,” she said. “We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost,” Cindy McCain said in her tweet on the subject of presidential endorsements. “There’s only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is @JoeBiden,” she tweeted.
Her endorsement came as no surprise, however, considering that she had already praised the former vice president in a video at the Democratic National Convention where she discussed the deep friendship between her husband, the Republican senator from Arizona, and Biden, the Democratic vice president during the Obama administration.
McCain’s daughter, Meghan, has also used her considerable audience and airtime on ABC’s The View, to speak kindly of the democratic candidate, saying that she thinks of him as family. She has also made her allegiance known, siding with the more progressive hosts in their effort to put anyone in the White House aside from the current president.
Biden responded surprisingly coherently to McCain’s endorsement, saying, “I’m deeply honored to have your support and your friendship. This election is bigger than any one political party. It requires all of us to come together as one America to restore the soul of the nation. Together, we’ll get it done.”
President Donald Trump, however, had a somewhat different take on the endorsement, taking his opinions to Twitter on Wednesday morning.
“I hardly know Cindy McCain other than having put her on a Committee at her husband’s request,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “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!”
McCain has long been considered a Republican In Name Only (RINO) which was a divisive and seemingly deceptive-centric politician who seemingly only chose the name Republican for the sake of winning an election.
In the case of McCain, he also gave the impression that he made his decisions on how to vote based on personal vendettas. Sadly, the president’s contention with McCain lives on after McCain’s passing as his most recent spouse attempts to use his clout to undercut the president and his party. It’s doubtful that Americans will consider Cindy McCain’s endorsement to be any more than a personal frustration brought to light, but Republicans are still likely frustrated that the family insists on associating themselves with this convention. Go ahead, shed the name, call a spade a spade (or in this case, a Democrat).