'He's Dying Anyway': CNN Guest Blames Trump for a White House Aide's Cruel Joke About John McCain
White House aide Kelly Sadler mocked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for being ill at an internal meeting Thursday, according to multiple reports, saying, "He's dying anyway." On CNN, commentator Paul Begala said Sadler's words were "beneath contempt."
McCain was diagnosed last year with an aggressive form of brain cancer, and he is currently absent from the Senate due to his condition. Sadler reportedly made the remarks about his health after the senator voiced opposition to President Donald Trump's pick for CIA director, Gina Haspel, for her role in the agency's torture program.
"There's no decency in a comment like that, obviously," Begala said. "It's one thing to argue over whether Gina Haspel should run the CIA — reasonable people can differ. Reasonable people, good people, don't say things like that. Now, why did this aide say it?"
Begala continued: "It's because the president sets the tone. Once norms are shattered, it's difficult to put them back together."
As temporary host of "Anderson Cooper 360" John Berman pointed out, Trump himself has insulted McCain himself for getting captured during the Vietnam War, where he was tortured and permanently disabled.
Watch the clip below:
â€œHe endured unspeakable tortureâ€¦ To say something like that about a man who has given this much for his country is just beneath contemptâ€— Anderson Cooper 360Â° (@AC360) May 11, 2018
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