Republican Senator to Publicly Condemn Trump Today, Saying ‘the Country Deserves Better’
With his recent comments about John McCain, Donald Trump has displayed a profound effect over Republican lawmakers. Other than a tweet from Mitt Romney, the GOP has stayed largely silent as Trump insults a lion of their party.
According to an exclusive report from The Bulwark, that relative silence may be coming to and end today. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), has promised to deliver the president a verbal “whipping” for his disparagement of McCain’s reputation.
Isakson serves as the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Following McCain’s death in August of 2018, the Senator delivered this warning:
“Anybody who in any way tarnishes the reputation of John McCain deserves a whipping because most of those who would do the wrong thing about John McCain didn’t have the guts to do the right thing when it was their turn.So I would say to the president or anybody in the world, it is time to pause and say that this was a great man who gave everything for us. We owe him nothing less than the respect that he earned, and that is what I intend to give John in return for what he gave me.”
Yesterday, Isakson revealed his plans to AB Stoddard:
“I just want to lay it on the line, that the country deserves better, the McCain family deserves better, I don’t care if he’s president of United States, owns all the real estate in New York, or is building the greatest immigration system in the world. Nothing is more important than the integrity of the country and those who fought and risked their lives for all of us.”
Trump’s continued attacks on McCain have led some of his supporters to threaten the senator’s surviving family. Yesterday, McCain’s widow, Cindy, shared one of these abusive tweets.
I want to make sure all of you could see how kind and loving a stranger can be. I’m posting her note for her family and friends could see. pic.twitter.com/GoNCm0fv4U
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) March 19, 2019
Isakson plans on delivering his rebuke from the Senate floor.