Orrin Hatch Attacks McCain For Not Wanting Trump At His Funeral, Gets Brutal Response
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Monday took a jab at Arizona Senator John McCain after requesting President Trump not attend his funeral. Hach called the move “ridiculous” because Trump is a “good man,” and got utterly destroyed for it.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” Hatch said, adding that he hopes McCain reconsiders his request, Politico reporter Burgess Everett reported.
Hatch’s comments would represent the first criticism from a GOP colleague of McCain’s reported decision to not have Trump attend his funeral.
Hatch said it was up to McCain whether to invite Trump, but said if he were in McCain’s position, he would invite the president.
“Well, he’s the president of the United States and he’s a very good man. But it’s up to [McCain]. I think John should have his own wishes fulfilled with regard to who attends the funeral,” he told Politico.
McCain is undergoing treatment for brain cancer and has not been in the Senate this year. The New York Times reported on Saturday that McCain does not want Trump at his funeral and requested Vice President Pence attend instead.
Trump during the presidential campaign insulted the Arizona senator by saying he preferred war heroes who were not captured. McCain endured years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
Last year McCain foiled Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, leading Trump to call out the senator at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year.
In his recently finished memoir, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and other Appreciations,” McCain criticizes the president for caring more about “the appearance of toughness” than American values.
Former President Barack Obama is expected to deliver eulogies at McCain’s funeral, according to NBC News.
Twitter users were quick to respond to Hatch’s attack on McCain. Here are some highlights:
@senorrinhatch should reconsider his sycophantic groveling and sniveling genuflecting before the racist sexual predator in the White House. "You're one heckuva president" will be the Vichy tattoo.
— Suzanne Kelleher (@SuzanneKelleher) May 7, 2018
Sen. Hatch couldn’t retire soon enough pic.twitter.com/EXSv2h3hf5
— Guy Ziv (@ZivGuy) May 7, 2018
The man giving advise, pictured taking off nonexistent glasses. 👏👏👏
— For What It's Worth (@rhontwit) May 7, 2018
Luckily you dont have any say in the matter trump sycophant @senorrinhatch
— ForJusticeNow (@now_justice) May 7, 2018
Why should he? I wouldn't want trump mugging at my funeral either.
— Four Legsgood (@4lgsgood) May 7, 2018
A very good man? In what moral regard would you say he’s a very good man, senator ?
— Peewee Sureman (@wellproperbloke) May 7, 2018
It is McCain's funeral.
Trump should not be there if that is what McCain wants.
Trump would make it about himself anyway.
— Vicki Hobb 🇺🇸 #NeverAgain (@ColorInFusion) May 7, 2018
McCain is just assuming that Trump won't be given a compassionate release by his prison warden in order to attend.
— Mike Dorsey (@DorseyFilm) May 7, 2018
Please ask Senator Hatch to share his funeral plans so we can all publicly opine on them
— OfficeCandy (@officecandy) May 7, 2018
— HJBniDM (@BJHinMD) May 7, 2018
Dear Orrin Hatch: You can have Trump at your own funeral if you want to. Otherwise, mind your own business.
— Vee Terra (@vee_terra) May 7, 2018
Yikes! Show a little respect! Especially to a decent man who has courage that Hatch and his ilk can't manage.
— Carolyn Raiser (@mcraiser) May 7, 2018
Who gives two damns what Orrin Hatch thinks? He's nothing if not a fawning sycophant of the authoritarian in the Oval.
— Mary E Haight (@dancingdogblog) May 7, 2018