Senator Bernie Sanders lashed out against White House this Sunday after it failed to properly acknowledge a staffer’s remark which mocked Senator John McCain, brain cancer.
“It is one thing in the White House for somebody to say something crude and stupid and disrespectful about an American hero,” Sanders said while appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It is another thing for them not to apologize.”
“It is beyond my comprehension,” he added. “And I just don’t know what goes on in that White House mentality for there not being an apology for that terrible remark.”
The Hill first reported last week that White House aide Kelly Sadler said during a meeting that McCain’s opposition to President Trump’s CIA nominee, Gina Haspel, didn’t matter because he is “dying anyway.”
McCain fought with Haspel over her involvement in the CIA’s torture program during the George W. Bush administration.
Sadler reportedly called Meghan McCain after the news fire broke to apologize for the remark about her father, but the White House has yet to address it.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders avoided all questions about the remark during Friday’s press briefing, and other Trump administration officials have followed suit.
Republicans were furious with Sanders over his attack:
— Justin_Case (@JustinCaseUSA1) May 13, 2018
Oh come on shut up @BernieSanders.
— J Stonewall (@JohnnySirius333) May 13, 2018
— Déplorable Espécial 🇺🇸 (@ViperNtheTemple) May 13, 2018
LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK