Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) claims that during President Trump’s inauguration speech, now-deceased Senator John McCain kept reciting the names of dictators. According to Klobuchar, McCain “knew more than any of what we were facing as a nation.”
Klobuchar also alleges that McCain knew Trump more than “any of us.” McCain did have a contentious relationship with President Trump. Trump lambasted McCain several times on the 2016 campaign trail. And while many view McCain as a war hero, Trump frequently ridiculed his service, even though Trump himself avoided the Vietnam conflict.
McCain remained critical of Trump once he assumed the Oval Office. Of particular concern for McCain was Trump’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Following Trump’s summit with Putin, McCain stated:
“The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate.”
Klobuchar, for her part, played up her relationship with McCain. She also labeled Trump’s inauguration as a “dark inauguration.” She further claimed that “we” are on an “arch of justice.” Klobuchar is seeking to challenge Trump in 2020 but would first have to win a historically crowded Democratic Primary.
For now, Klobuchar will continue to be a thorn in the president’s side. And expect more jabs to come from Democrats hoping to win out the DNC primary race. While a few candidates have largely stayed away from criticizing President Trump, instead focusing on policy and other issues, most candidates are running on a strong anti-Trump platform.
And with the 2020 Presidential race fast approaching, President Trump can expect more criticism.