Cindy McCain, the wife to the late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, said she is “pleased” that the state has apparently flipped to Democrat Joe Biden and implored Americans to “accept the results” of the presidential election.
Her comments come after The Associated Press projected that Biden would carry the state on Thursday. McCain endorsed Biden in September.
“Our country needed a new direction to heal the wounds caused by the outgoing administration; Arizonans showed up in record numbers and I am pleased that many joined me supporting Joe Biden, who has won Arizona’s 11 electoral votes,” McCain said in a statement.
“Of all people, I know what it is like to lose an election, so I am sympathetic to those who wished the election had come out another way, but I remember John’s example in 2008 of accepting the decision of the voters and moving on to the next challenge,” she added.
The late senator’s wife added that it is in “Arizona’s interest” and the country’s national security interest for the former vice president to be given access to daily intelligence briefings and “other crucial data on the threats” that the nation is facing.
“And it’s important the president-elect and his team be able to meet with the government officials who are handling the pandemic response as COVID-19 is spiking across our country,” McCain continued, urging state residents not to “cast doubt” on the outcome.
If President Donald Trump’s campaign does not successfully challenge the Arizona election results, then it will mean the state has officially become ‘purple,’ politically. Republicans govern the state, but both U.S. senators are now Democrats after the GOP held one or both seats for decades.
“The race in this state is not close enough to meet the legal standard for a recount, so we should accept the results and get on with the healing we need,” McCain said.
“Frivolous lawsuits and unfounded allegations that are intended only to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election benefit no one and harm our state,” she noted further, likely a swipe at the Trump campaign’s challenges.
She noted Thursday evening in a McCain Institute discussion on the election with 2008 McCain campaign manager Rick Davis, 2008 Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, and New York Times White House Correspondent Maggie Haberman, that failing to accept Biden’s alleged victory was akin to allowing foreign interference in U.S. elections.
“Pretending that there is some doubt about this for the sake of politics is doing these thugs worldwide — doing their work for them,” she said. “I feel certain John, were he still here, would be making the same point emphatically.”
Conservatives have been extremely critical of Cindy McCain’s backing of Biden and the shunning of President Trump, including talk radio giant and Fox News host Mark Levin.
“Congratulations Cindy McCain. You helped cost us Arizona,” Levin tweeted Nov. 3 after Fox News called the state very early for Biden.
The following evening on his program, Levin elaborated.
“Last evening, I congratulated Cindy McCain. Now, why did I congratulate Cindy McCain last evening? Because she was campaigning all over Arizona to defeat Donald Trump. Campaigning on behalf of Joe Biden. Because she wanted to settle a score,” he said.
“And what she did is screw over the country. The tens of millions of you and me who supported her husband against Barack Obama. This is how she pays you back,” Levin continued, explaining why Trump and the former senator did not get along.
“Why does Donald Trump despise John McCain? And it’s funny how the media never discusses. It’s funny how Cindy McCain never mentions this. Donald Trump despises John McCain because John McCain sent his staffer over to Europe to get a copy of the [Steele] dossier,” Levin said.
“And then when a staffer came back with the dossier, he directed him to give it to the FBI. In other words, he was trying to take out Donald Trump. That’s why Donald Trump despises John McCain. Now you have a little more context, right?”
In 2015, Trump drew the ire of McCain and his family when he suggested the former U.S. Navy pilot who spent nearly six brutal years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam wasn’t a hero because he was shot down.
But the future president’s comment came after McCain slammed him a week earlier following a rally in Phoenix that attracted thousands, where Trump blasted U.S. immigration policies and trade agreements. McCain said the rally “fired up the crazies.”
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