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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:

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

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