The verbal scuffle continued between RINO Senator John McCain and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday. McCain, appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” was given the chance to walk back, or apologize for his recent comments in which he referred to conservatives in Arizona as “crazies,” but instead responded to host Joe Scarborough that he — get this — meant it as a compliment.
“Listen, you know my state is a very dynamic and divisive state. And we’ve got lots of arguments and lots of debates going on. I have hundreds of town hall meetings all over Arizona and I’m called crazy by the people that come there. I thought it was a term of endearment,” a chuckling McCain told Scarborough.
“So no apology for that?” Scarborough asked.
“Listen, I love the debate and I love my people and so I meant it in a way that — in a term of affection, to be honest with you,” McCain, who will by 80-years-old next month answered.
McCain, who lost in 2008 because he wouldn’t criticize Barack Obama, giving America the worst president in American history, has no problem attacking the grassroots, pro-freedom, pro-Constitution energy base of his own party.
In April, it was revealed by government watchdog Judicial Watch that McCain colluded with Obama IRS’s Lois Lerner and Democrat Senator Carl Levin to attack the Tea Party, the same type of grassroots conservatives he now refers to as “crazies.”
After Trump’s Phoenix rally, attended by an reported 15,000 Arizonans, no doubt some who were McCain voters, McCain said that Trump was bringing out the “crazies” in the GOP, a narrative often used by leftists who demonize principled conservatives who adhere to the U.S. Constitution.
Trump’s Phoenix rally energized those in attendance and others throughout the country. The Monday after the rally, McCain told the New Yorker that Trump’s appearance was very “hurtful” to him because Trump was firing up the grassroots “crazies” in the GOP.
“This performance with our friend out in Phoenix is hurtful to me,” McCain told the New Yorker following the event. McCain is famous, as is our most entrenched D.C. political class, for calling their enemies “friends” as a phony attempt at decorum. “Because what he did was he fired up the crazies,” McCain stated.
McCain, who replaced legendary conservative Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater in 1987, and is seeking re-election in 2016, is being challenged by Republicans Alex Meluskey and Kelli Ward. Meluskey is a small businessman, radio talk show host and FAIRtax champion. Ward is currently a state senator in Arizona.
In an op-ed in USA Today on Sunday, Trump said that “McCain the politician has failed the state of Arizona and the country,” and that “McCain has abandoned our veterans.”
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