MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Goes Off on Trump for ‘Shunning’ McCain During Bill Signing: ‘Where is the Grace?’
MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell condemned President Donald Trump‘s failure to mention Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) while signing a defense spending bill named in his honor Monday, stunned by what she called an intentional move to ignore the veteran battling brain cancer.
Mitchell delivered the strong remarks in her newscast the following day, blasting Trump’s act of “all but jumping through hoops to avoid even mentioning John McCain by name, shunning the armed services chairman,” something she said was simply “extraordinary.”
Her criticisms were echoed by Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), who said the scene was “disgraceful.”
“It was another example about how for Donald Trump, everything is about Donald Trump,” he told Mitchell. “It’s not about anything bigger, it’s not about the country, it’s not about an American hero who is chairman of the Senate armed services committee who, as you said, is very ill now and who we named the bill after on a bipartisan basis.”
Again expressing her shock at Trump’s behavior, Mitchell asked “Where is the grace?”
“There was a tweet from John Kerry about how disgraceful this was,” she noted, adding that Kerry and McCain were at odds after the Vietnam War, having take opposing positions, “yet they came together in the 1990s and helped give political cover to a president of the United States who had been accused of being a draft dodger, frankly, so he could normalize relations with Vietnam.”
“If not for John McCain and John Kerry, two veterans of Vietnam, we could not have taken that step because Bill Clinton could not have done it,” she emphasized.
The senator agreed, calling for “shame on the president of the United States for not being able to even utter his name before folks from the military, who owe so much to John McCain.”
Watch the clip above via MSNBC.
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