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GOP Senator Isakson: Anyone Who Tarnishes John McCain’s Reputation ‘Deserves a Whippin’

As John McCain‘s former colleagues mourned on the Senate floor today, Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) said anyone who disrespects McCain’s legacy “deserves a whippin’.”

“John was better than me and I know it” said Isakson. “Anybody who in any way tarnishes the reputation of John McCain deserves a whipping, because most of the ones who would do the wrong thing about John McCain didn’t have the guts to do the right thing when it was their turn.”

Even though Donald Trump made statements today acknowledging McCain’s legacy in public service, critics repeatedly blasted the president for not lowering the flag in McCain’s honor and for mostly seeming incapable of suspending his animosity for a former political foe. Isakson seemed to acknowledge this since he also used his time to say that now is the time to honor McCain for all the good he did, not gripe about political disputes and disagreements.

“I would say to the president or to anybody in the world, it’s time to pause and say, ‘This was a great man who gave everything for us. We owe him nothing less than our respect that he earned.'”

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