A new allegation makes the vote Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., cast last week against the “skinny” repeal of Obamacare to be more about payback than policy.
McCain’s vote was critical in blocking action to repeal Obamacare, which was one of President Donald Trump’s top legislative priorities.
The story was told by Jack Posobiec, author of Citizens for Trump, on Monday, during an appearance on Chris Salcedo’s radio talk show.
Posobiec said that after the vote, a staffer near McCain’s office heard McCain say, “Let’s see Donald make America great again now.”
During the show, Posobiec also jabbed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for not having his votes locked up in advance.
“Where is the leadership?” he said.
The Senate’s failure to pass any Obamacare overhaul and the departure of former chief of staff Reince Priebus send a message, Posobiec said on the show.
He said Trump’s thought process appears to be, “If you guys can’t get it done, then I’m going to get it done on my own.”
McCain was among those who first suffered the slings and arrows of Trump’s rhetoric when the billionaire began his campaign for the White House in 2015.
“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said of McCain, who was a POW for five years in North Vietnam. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
Trump also criticized McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, in which he lost to Barack Obama.
“He let us down. I never liked him as much after that because I don’t like losers,” Trump said in 2015.
Since Trump’s election, McCain has never been shy about criticizing Trump.
“The president, I think, makes statements (and) on other occasions contradicts himself. So we’ve learned to watch what the president does as opposed to what he says,” McCain said in a February speech in Europe.
McCain said in May that the investigation of possible Russian collusion in the 2016 election was “reaching the point where it’s of Watergate size and scale.”
Even last week, as the Senate applauded his return following his diagnosis with cancer and subsequent surgery, McCain was fighting back at the president who was pushing hard to get the Senate to act on Obamacare.
“We are not the president’s subordinates. We are his equals,” he said.