The ongoing feud between President Donald Trump and the McCain family kicked up a notch over the weekend.
During an interview with NBC News reporter Cynthia McFadden, Cindy McCain, the widow of Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain, attacked Trump and said a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border would do nothing to combat the flow of human trafficking.
“The people that are coming over the border, for the most part, are not trafficked individuals,” McCain said. “It’s people within our own walls, in our own borders, so a wall is not going to fix this, but education will and awareness will and strengthening our laws will.”
“The misnomer in this is that somehow this occurs outside the country, that somehow it’s another country — not us, ever us. Well, it is very much us,” she continued. “The trafficking I’m talking about with you is domestic trafficking, these are domestic individuals being trafficked.”
McCain took another subtle shot at Trump by criticizing the lack of civility in U.S. politics, claiming that her late husband would not have been happy to see the state of Democrat-Republican relations. “I am quite certain he knows what’s going on,” she said.
“I know he’d be so upset over this because of the tenor, the lack of inaction on many members’ parts, specifically on members of Congress,” McCain said. “He would’ve been right in the mix saying we’re going to work together, please let’s not fight. That’s who he was.”
She continued: “Oh, he loved a good fight. Heck, yeah. But it was never personal with him. He and Ted Kennedy used to fight like cats and dogs on the floor. but they were the best of friends. I wish we could go back to that.”
This isn’t the first time Cindy McCain has come under fire for making egregious comments about the border.
McCain was recently forced to issue an apology after law enforcement disputed her claim that she stopped a human-trafficking attempt at an airport in Arizona.
She falsely claimed that a woman, who was accompanying a child of “a different ethnicity,” was illegally smuggling the child.
Trump has also fired back at the McCain family.
While speaking with reporters last month in the Oval Office alongside Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Trump tore into the former Republican lawmaker. “I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be,” Trump said.
“I’m very unhappy that he didn’t repeal and replace Obamacare, as you know,” Trump said, referring to McCain’s “no” vote that officially killed Republicans’ efforts to repeal Obamacare.
“He campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare for years and then he got to a vote and he said ‘thumbs down,’” Trump added. “I think that’s disgraceful, plus there are other things.”
"I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be."— ABC News (@ABC) March 20, 2019
Pres. Trump responds after being asked about his comments regarding the late senator months after his death. https://t.co/pGGKjKEIwo pic.twitter.com/rFtvHeSsp8
Last month, Trump tweeted about reports confirming that the former Arizona Senator and his staff played a role in disseminating the unverified dossier to over a dozen reporters and lawmakers in 2015.
Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier “is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.” Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel. He had far worse “stains” than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2019
Of course Trump is not happy about that.
And it’s even more tragic that the McCain family continues to go after the president.