Sen. John McCain is defending Donald Trump and lashing out at GOP leaders for failing to support him, even after Trump attacked McCain on the campaign trail and made disparaging remarks about POWs.
“In a wide-ranging ‘State of the Union’ interview in his campaign office in Phoenix, McCain criticized party leaders who are reluctant to back Trump, saying they are ‘out of step’ with voters who have chosen the controversial businessman as the GOP standard-bearer,” CNN reports. “He defended Trump for being a strong and ‘capable’ leader, particularly on foreign policy. He called on Trump to choose a running mate who could ‘unite the party,’ possibly Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, even as he strongly defended his 2008 choice of Sarah Palin.”
McCain also encouraged Trump to retract his criticism of POWs.
CNN quotes McCain saying: “Frankly, I have never seen the personalization of a campaign like this one, where people’s integrity and character are questioned. It bothers me a lot. Because you can almost violently disagree with an issue, but to attack their character and their integrity — then those wounds take a long time to heal.”
McCain indicated that the GOP voters have had their say, commenting: “You have to draw the conclusion that there is some distance, if not a disconnect, between party leaders and members of Congress and the many voters who have selected Donald Trump to be the nominee of the party.”