After Donald Trump’s ballyhooed appearance at an event in Arizona this month, that state’s senior senator did not hesitate to weigh in on local reaction to the outspoken presidential contender.
“It’s very bad,” John McCain said in an interview this week. “This performance with our friend out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me; because what he did was he fired up the crazies.”
He went on to conclude that Trump has “galvanized hem” and “really got them activated.”
As it turns out, some of “the crazies” were not too pleased with the characterization. Many expressed their outrage on Twitter.
McCain took the opportunity to praise South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham – a friend and frequent legislative partner – for publicly lambasting Trump’s controversial immigration remarks.
The tirade against Trump and his supporters was not the first time McCain has faced backlash for criticizing conservatives. As one prominent example, he once referred to three Republican senators – Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Justin Amash – as “wacko birds,” which garnered an immediate response from many in the party’s right wing.
Politico readers were generally displeased with McCain’s rhetoric.
“I guess you can call me crazy,” one commenter wrote, “but I want our laws enforced!”
Another informed McCain that “the real problem is … we the people haven’t been crazy enough.”
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