Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined a packed chorus to defend the late Sen. John McCain against President Donald Trump’s renewed assault on the Vietnam War pilot who spent five and a half years as a POW.
“He was just an unbelievable person,” Schwarzenegger told The Atlantic. “So an attack on him is absolutely unacceptable if he’s alive or dead — but even twice as unacceptable since he passed away a few months ago. It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to do that. I just think it’s a shame that the president lets himself down to that kind of level. We will be lucky if everyone in Washington followed McCain’s example because he represented courage.”
Trump and McCain feuded since the 2016 campaign when Trump questioned McCain’s war hero status. The pair never got along after that, and McCain, an Arizona Republican, cast the deciding vote to shoot down the GOP-backed measure to repeal Obamacare in 2017.
Trump has spoken ill of McCain, who died last August after a battle with brain cancer, on multiple occasions in recent days.
“He was a great public servant, no two ways about that, Schwarzenegger said. “He was known for his honesty, for his courage, and his patriotism and his service.
“The president should lift people up, should lift the nation up rather than always tearing people down.”
Schwarzenegger then doled out some advice to Trump regarding bullying.
“Why don’t you go and sit down with your wife for just a few minutes, Mr. President, and listen to the First Lady when she’s talking about stopping online bullying,” he said. “That is a really great message. Which way do we go? Your way, or her way. That’s really the question here.”