On Wednesday, President Trump dismissed Cindy McCain’s endorsement of his rival, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Trump said he “hardly” knows her and described the former vice president as a “lapdog” for her late husband, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
“I hardly know Cindy McCain other than having put her on a Committee at her husband’s request,” Trump tweeted. It was not immediately clear what committee he was referencing.
Trump criticized Cindy McCain’s late husband and his positions on U.S. military engagements overseas. He said he was “never a fan” of John McCain.
“Joe Biden was John McCain’s lapdog. So many BAD decisions on Endless Wars & the V.A., which I brought from a horror show to HIGH APPROVAL. Never a fan of John. Cindy can have Sleepy Joe!” Trump continued.
Cindy McCain officially endorsed Biden on Tuesday, describing him as someone who “stands up for our values as a nation.” During the Democratic National Convention in August, McCain narrated a video describing the friendship between her late husband and Biden. However, she did not explicitly endorse him at the time.
Her endorsement follows a report in The Atlantic that said Trump disparaged fallen service members as “losers” and “suckers” during a 2018 trip to France. Biden said during a virtual fundraiser on Tuesday that these revelations drove McCain to back his candidacy. The White House has denied the account as reported by The Atlantic.
Trump has publicly criticized John McCain on various occasions. In 2015, he said McCain was only declared a war hero because he had been a prisoner of war and that he preferred people who weren’t “captured.” McCain was held as a prisoner of war for more than five years during the Vietnam War.
Cindy McCain’s endorsement comes as Trump finds himself in a tight battle with Biden in the state of Arizona.