Cindy McCain endorsed Joe Biden for president, a staggering reprimand from Donald Trump by the widow of the Republican candidate in 2008.
Cindy McCain tweeted Tuesday: “My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but mostly Americans. There is only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is Joe Biden.
Trump has had a strained relationship with members of John McCain’s family since he denigrated the Arizona senator during his 2016 campaign. The president has publicly criticized McCain on numerous occasions and was furious when the senator voted against an attempt to overthrow Obamacare. During his campaign, Trump sadly said of McCain: “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured… He lost and let us down. I never liked him so much after that. I don’t like losers.
However, the McCains did not approve of Trump’s rivals.
Cindy McCain’s backing could help Biden appeal to Republicans unhappy with the president and give the former vice president a boost in Arizona, a crucial pivot state that McCain represented in Congress for 35 years. He has remained a revered figure since his death in 2018 from complications from a brain tumor, especially with independent voters Biden courted.
Biden told donors on Tuesday night that McCain’s endorsement was coming “because of what (Trump) is talking about how my son and John and others who are heroes, who have served their country.” You know, he said they were “losers, drug addicts”.
Biden was referring to comments Trump allegedly made poking fun at America’s war dead. Trump has denied making the remarks, first reported by unnamed sources by The Atlantic, but many comments were later confirmed by The Associated Press.
Cindy McCain was not initially expected to offer explicit endorsement of Biden, but she had already gone to bat for her presidential run. She lent her voice to a video released at the Democratic National Convention and focused on Biden’s close friendship with her late husband.
John McCain was appointed military assistant to then-senator Biden on a trip overseas, and their families formed a lasting friendship. They later shared a dark link to glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer that killed Biden’s son Beau three years before McCain succumbed to the same disease.
John McCain said in 2016 he couldn’t support Trump or Hillary Clinton in 2016, citing Trump’s degrading comments about women.
“It’s not pleasant for me to give up my party’s candidate,” McCain said during a debate as he sought his sixth term in the Senate. “He won the nominations fair and the square.