In a move that no one thought possible, even amid the onslaught of horrendous comments to emerge from an openly racist, homophobic, misogynist White House, on member of the Trump team got caught mocking Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) stage four glioblastoma.
The comments were made by special assistant Kelly Sadler during a closed-door internal meeting led by deputy press secretary Raj Shah with approximately two dozen communications staffers and came in response to McCain’s opposition of Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel.
“It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway,” Sadler said.
The comment was corroborated by another source in the room.
More tellingly, the White House did not deny the remarks.
“We respect Senator McCain’s service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this difficult time,” the White House said in a statement to The Hill.
There was also reportedly “discomfort” in the room after the comment, and it was never addressed afterwards.
McCain has been a frequent target of the president, who infamously said that McCain is “not a war hero” and claimed that he likes people “who weren’t captured.”
McCain, for his part, has refused to back down, even as his family prepares for his funeral. In recently released excerpts from his book, due out this month, McCain took aim at the president for his positions on immigration and the media, as well as an admission that he was the person who passed the “Steele dossier” along to the FBI, a move that has plagued Trump since the onset of his presidency.
This White House has proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that there is no depth to which it will stoop in blind pursuit of its draconian agenda. They might have more success if they could get out of their own way.