“I don’t know if it’s breaking news,” says Grant Woods, who served as Chief of Staff for John McCain. He’s talking about the senator’s feelings about the ex-president, which may not be a total shock to anyone.
Donald Trump is known for dodging the responsibility to respond to genuine criticism by instead attacking the critic, and John McCain was no exception. Trump, as USA Today detailed back in 2019, attacked McCain for everything from being taken as a prisoner of war, to opposing efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Now Woods is sharing about McCain’s real feelings regarding Trump.
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McCain spoke up in life when he disagreed with Trump, even saying that his hateful rhetoric “fired up the crazies,” but was never so explicit as to call him an “a**hole” on television news.
Trump wasn’t quite as politic. He suggested that McCain wasn’t a hero, because he was taken as a POW, called McCain a “dummy” for responding, and even after McCain’s death, remained on the attack, complaining that McCain’s family didn’t pour out enough gratitude on Trump for the senator’s funeral.
According to The Hill, Woods said that he didn’t mind the insults personally, because he had such a lack of respect for Trump and his opinions that the disparaging comments meant nothing, but he changed his views after talking to a group of other POW friends, and realized that the attacks affected them as well, with a lot of their identity wrapped up in their traumatic experiences.
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