, a former chief of staff to the late Senator John McCain
, recalls why the Arizona Republican
couldn't care less about the insults leveled at him by ex-President Donald Trump
“It didn’t bother him at all because he had such little respect, he had no respect for Donald Trump anyway,” Woods, a former Republican Arizona attorney general who became a Democrat in 2018, said this week on a podcast
hosted by the progressive PAC MeidasTouch
Throughout his 2016 campaign and presidency, Trump repeatedly attacked McCain.
Even though Trump avoided the draft
through a series of student and medical deferments, the then-reality TV personality mocked the decorated Navy veteran
for being captured and held as a prisoner of war for five years during the Vietnam War
“He called it as he saw it and he thought Trump was an asshole and an idiot, and if he spent any time on it, it was in trying not to say that publicly as much as he thought it,” Woods said.
McCain, who died in August 2018 after being diagnosed with brain cancer
, was unconcerned by Trump's remarks, according to Woods.
“It didn’t bother him at all,” he said, “he wasn’t pissed for five seconds and then got over.”
McCain only became bugged after talking with his POW friends
about Trump's attacks on his military
record, according to McCain.
“It’s one thing for John McCain to say, ‘Yeah, who cares,’” he said, “but for these guys, their identity
, their life was wrapped up in being a POW,” he said, “so to then have someone nationally say, ‘Hey, you’re not a hero, that’s all bogus.’ That wasn’t right to put an 80-year-old guy through that at that point in time, because they are heroes
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