Cindy McCain, the widow of late Senator John McCain of Arizona, followed in her husband’s footsteps by publicly criticizing President Donald Trump for his appalling behavior over the past few months.
Disgusted with the way that Trump has dragged political discourse into the dirt with his incessant attacks on anyone who crosses him, friend or foe, the grieving woman deplored the chaos and dysfunction that has gripped the Trump White House since day one in an interview with CBS This Morning podcast.
“The country needs a strong leader, not a negative Nancy,” said Cindy, which couldn’t come at a more appropriate time. Since losing his House majority in the midterm elections, the president has reportedly retreated into a “cocoon of bitterness and resentment,” losing all interest in performing the functions of his office and instead preferring to drown his sorrows in cable television.
McCain said that she hopes the president draws the right lessons from the midterm elections and changes course to help fill the void of leadership currently occupying an often empty Oval Office chair.
“It’s very humbling to lose and I hope he learns from it,” she said. “We need our president. We need a White House that’s strong, we need a White House that’s not sparring with each other. And right now I think we’re — things are in disarray, and I would hope through this that he does learn.”
Unfortunately, considering that he’s spent the past week feuding with France, skipping out on his Veterans’ Day duties, and proposing preposterous conspiracy theories, it’s clear he has no intention of doing any of that.
In fact, he’s planning on making the chaos worse as rumors swirl about the imminent departure of Chief of Staff John Kelly and possibly Defense Secretary Mattis as the First Lady wages a White House turf war with the National Security Advisor.
McCain admitted that at times “it’s at times been hard for me to listen to him about my husband, I’ll be honest” but adds that she still “respects” the office.
Speaking of her late husband, she asked that the nation and its president remember his driving message and take it to heart in these times of contempt and disunity.
“His message was just that we need civility…we need to go back to a country that was lovingly respected around the world, even in times of difficulty. And understood that when we gave our word we meant it.”
Sadly, Cindy is not likely to get her wish any time soon.
You can listen to the entire interview here: