Republicans have such sour grapes over losing the Affordable Care Act repeal fight that they're blaming Sen. John McCain's brain tumor for his vote.
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson suggested McCain's brain cancer could be the reason he voted against Trumpcare.
McCain returned to the Capitol in July following a surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye, which led to a brain cancer diagnosis. As soon as he came back, he voted against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, leaving fellow Republicans enraged.
In a radio interview with, “Chicago's Morning Answer,” Johnson attempted to provide an unnecessary analysis of why McCain decided to go against his own party's bill.
“I’m not gonna speak for John McCain — he has a brain tumor right now, that vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning — some of that might have factored in,” he said in the interview.
The hosts, Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson, were understandably surprised at the outrageous response.
“Really?” Proft exclaimed, enquiring if the Wisconsin Republican actually believed McCain’s tumor had an impact on his decision.
“Again, I-I-I don’t know exactly what we really thought and again I don’t want speak for any senator,” stammered Johnson. “I really thought he was going to vote yes to send that to conference at 10:30 at night. By about 1, 1:30, he voted no. So you have talk to John in terms what was on his mind.”
McCain’s spokeswoman Julie Tarallo responded to Johnson’s outrageous remarks. “It is bizarre and deeply unfortunate that Sen. Johnson would question the judgment of a colleague and friend. Sen. McCain has been very open and clear about the reasons for his vote."
Following intense backlash, Johnson issued a statement and backtracked from his stance. “I’m disappointed I didn’t more eloquently express my sympathy for what Sen. McCain is going through. I have nothing but respect for him and the vote came at the end of a long day for everyone.”
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