On Wednesday evening, the tragic news broke that Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer. According to tests conducted by the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, the Arizona senator has “a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma.”
On Fox News’ The Five, Dr. Marc Siegal compared McCain’s case to former President Jimmy Carter, who had been diagnosed with brain cancer and is now cancer free. Unfortunately, McCain’s cancer is a different type. “I have to tell you this is a really tough one,” Siegal said, adding that the next steps are “chemotherapy and radiation” and possible “experimental treatments.”
However, “If anyone is going to beat this, it’s him,” Siegal said. But he also doesn’t expect the senator to be back to work anytime soon.
Whether you love or hate his politics, it’s impossible to deny that the Arizona senator and former POW is a great American, and one tough cookie. Needless to say, luminaries all over expressed their well-wishes.
In a statement, President Trump said, “Senator John McCain has always been a fighter. Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. Get well soon.”
Former President George H.W. Bush said in a statement: “The Hanoi Hilton couldn’t break John McCain’s spirit many years ago, so Barbara and I know — with confidence — he and his family will meet this latest battle in his singular life of service with courage and determination.”
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) July 20, 2017
Here are a few of many more from both the left and the right:
Karen & I are praying for @SenJohnMcCain. Cancer picked on the wrong guy. John McCain is a fighter & he'll win this fight too. God bless!
— Vice President Mike Pence Archived (@VP45) July 20, 2017
John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I've ever known. Cancer doesn't know what it's up against. Give it hell, John.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 20, 2017
As he’s shown his entire life, don’t bet against John McCain. Best wishes to him for a swift recovery.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) July 20, 2017
John McCain is as tough as they come. Thinking of John, Cindy, their wonderful children, & their whole family tonight.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 20, 2017
Sen. Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell: "John McCain is a hero to our Conference and a hero to our country." pic.twitter.com/QO1QsmyUcr
— Harrison Golden (@harrisongolden) July 20, 2017
John and I have been friends for 40 years. He's gotten through so much difficulty with so much grace. He is strong – and he will beat this.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 20, 2017
Thinking about a hero, my Chairman, my friend John McCain. Stay strong!
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) July 20, 2017
.@SenJohnMcCain is a hero, a patriot and a fighter. I am privileged to call him a friend. Paul & I pray for his recovery and his family.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 20, 2017
Praying for my friend @SenJohnMcCain, one of the toughest people I know.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) July 20, 2017
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 20, 2017
But by far the most touching came from McCain’s daughter, Fox News Outnumbered co-host Meghan McCain:
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 20, 2017
Here’s a sampling of social media reaction to McCain’s tribute:
Beautiful tribute. I can empathize as a daughter who lost my Dad in 2012. He was 91 but there is never enough time. Praying for you all. ??
— Melissa Jo Peltier (@MelissaJPeltier) July 20, 2017
If anyone can fight through this, it’s your dad. All of AZ is rooting for him, our thoughts are with you.
— Mike Flacy (@mikeflacy) July 20, 2017
Beautiful sentiments about an American hero & seemingly amazing dad. All our love & prayers. Hope to see you soon. ❤️
— Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) July 20, 2017
Well said. Prayers for your father and your family.
— Christina Reynolds (@creynoldsnc) July 20, 2017
“Cancer may afflict him in many ways: but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has.” Why we love @SenJohnMcCain……
— Stephanie Cutter (@stefcutter) July 20, 2017
M sincerest thoughts are with you & your family. He is a warrior and your sharing this is proof that it’s in the family.
— Josh Webb-Thomson (@FightOnTwist) July 20, 2017
“I wasn’t a hero, but I was fortunate enough to serve my time in the company of heroes.”
Humility + Heroism = @SenJohnMcCain
— Windsor Mann (@WindsorMann) July 20, 2017
Met your father once & he is a kind & humorous man. From one daddy’s girl to another, sending love & light to your family.
— Kristin Klingshirn (@KrisKling) July 20, 2017
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