Former Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, responding to Donald Trump’s attacks on John McCain, said the president should let the late senator rest in peace.
Lieberman, a Democrat who later turned independent, made his comments in a column posted by The Washington Post on Thursday night. He strongly defended McCain, R-Ariz.
“The person who suffers most from the strange, posthumous attacks by the president is the president himself,” Lieberman said. “Respectfully, the president should let McCain rest in peace and give his family the peace they deserve during this difficult time after his death.”
Lieberman said he feels a responsibility as McCain’s friend to respond to Trump’s attacks. And he defended McCain’s vote against the repeal of Obamacare, saying the late senator did not do so to spite Trump.
“People who heard his speech on the Senate floor that day or have read it since know that McCain cast that vote not against repeal of Obamacare but against the partisanship that had taken over the Senate and made it into a feckless, gridlocked, divided place,” he said.
Lieberman backed McCain’s call for bipartisanship.
“I pray Trump will follow McCain’s advice and give Democrats in Congress an opportunity to work with him to solve some of our most pressing national problems and threats,” he said. “And I also pray Democrats respond to Trump in good faith and with the national interest as their guiding light, which it consistently was for McCain”
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