Though he passed more than nine months ago, John McCain made an appearance Sunday in an “off-the-rails” Fox News segment on the 2020 presidential election.
Or, at least, a photo of the late Republican senator from Arizona did.
In a stunt that’s likely to assure that this was his last appearance on the network, radio host Chip Franklin interrupted fellow panelist John Kobylt when he abruptly help up an image of McCain, without commentary.
Upon realizing the odd behavior from his guest, Fox News host Leland Vittert asked Franklin why he was holding up the photo.
“In the off-chance the president is watching, it’s to remind him of the real heroes of this country,” Franklin responded.
And there you have it, Trump Derangement Syndrome in all its glory, live on national television.
“Alright, this went off-the-rails,” Vittert said, as he quickly ended the segment before Franklin could make a greater spectacle of himself.
Franklin later took to Twitter to say he was responding to the non-story about the USS John McCain, citing White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney as the source of his motivation.
Putting his own unique spin on things, of course.
“Trump chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that it wasn’t ‘unreasonable’ to ask that the USS John S. McCain be hidden during Trump’s Japan visit last week. Trump doesn’t follow me, but I wanted him to see the hero he will never be,” he tweeted.
Trump chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that it wasn’t “unreasonable” to ask that the USS John S. McCain be hidden during Trump’s Japan visit last week. Trump doesn’t follow me, but I wanted him to see the hero he will never be. @realDonaldTrump #Resist pic.twitter.com/P6tH7v5YdV
— Chip Franklin (@chipfranklin) June 2, 2019
Mulvaney appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” earlier Sunday and addressed rumors that Trump requested that the Navy ship be hidden from sight during his recent trip to Japan.
““The fact that some 23, 24-year-old person on the advance team went to that site and said, ‘Oh my goodness, here’s the John McCain, we all know how the president feels about the former senator, maybe that’s not the best backdrop, can somebody look into moving it’,” Mulvaney told anchor Chuck Todd. “That’s not an unreasonable thing.”
President Trump addressed the issue directly Thursday while speaking to reporters outside the White House.
“I wasn’t involved,” he said. “I would not have done that.”
“I was very angry with John McCain because he killed health care,” Trump added. “I was not a big fan of John McCain in any way, shape or form. I think John McCain had a lot to getting President Bush — a lot to do with it — to go into the Middle East, which was a catastrophe.”
Repeating the fact that he was not a fan, Trump suggested some “well-meaning” aide may have been responsible.
“To me, John McCain — I wasn’t a fan,” the president said. “But I would never do a thing like that. Now, somebody did it because they thought I didn’t like him, OK? And they were well-meaning, I will say. I didn’t know anything about it. I would never have done that.”
Without boring you with the redundancy, suffice it to say the Trump-hating cabal was pleased with Franklin for his antics, with Playboy, ahem, “reporter” Brian Karem being a fair representation of what to expect.
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) June 3, 2019
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