Democratic candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) revealed on Saturday that the late Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) kept reciting names of dictators to her during President Donald Trump‘s inauguration. Klobuchar, who often spoke of her close relationship with McCain stated that the late senator “knew more than any of us what we were facing as a nation, he understood it.”

McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, spoke out against Klobuchar’s use of her father’s name, asking the presidential candidate to “leave my fathers legacy and memory out of presidential politics.”

McCain, who died of brain cancer in 2018, was often at odds with Trump, both while the President was campaigning and after he was elected in 2016. The two Republicans often differed on ideas of how a president should comport themselves, leading to very public clashes between the two politicians.

In typical Trump manner, the President frequently vented his ire at McCain by relentlessly mocking him on Twitter, attacking every aspect of the senator’s life. The President often resorted to childlike insults towards McCain, calling him names like “dummy” and “loser.”


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The President even attacked McCain’s military record. The late senator served in Vietnam, the same war which Trump managed to avoid getting drafted into. In Vietnam, McCain was captured and held as a prisoner of war, which was apparently not glorious enough for Trump, who called the veteran “not a war hero.” Even after McCain died of brain cancer in August 2018, the President still attacked him, repeating his previous insult that McCain had been last in his college class.

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