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John McCain may have died seven months ago, but he still lives rent-free in Trump’s head.

On Tuesday, Trump defended his continued his attacks on the late senator, blasting McCain’s vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act as a “disgraceful” act.

“I’m very unhappy that he didn’t repeal and replace Obamacare, as you know,” Trump said during a press availability with the Brazilian president in the Oval Office on Tuesday. “He campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare for years, and then he got to a vote and he said thumbs down and our country would have saved a trillion dollars and we would have had great health care.”

Trump’s comments came after reporters asked Trump why he has been attacking McCain, despite the fact that the deceased senator can no longer respond because he died in August.

Trump didn’t deny that he was attacking the late senator, telling reporters, “I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be.”

Trump’s latest round of attacks on McCain began over the weekend, when as part of an unhinged tweetstorm Trump blamed McCain for the Russia investigation that’s led to the imprisonment, indictment and guilty pleas of multiple members of Trump’s inner circle.

Trump accused McCain of sending the now infamous Fusion GPS dossier to the FBI before the election to thwart Trump’s election, when in fact McCain sent the dossier in December 2017, after Trump had already been elected.

“Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier ‘is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain,'” Trump tweeted on Saturday, attributing the quote to Ken Starr, who led the investigation into former President Bill Clinton that ended up backfiring on Republicans. “He had far worse ‘stains’ than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!”

Trump continued his attacks against McCain on Sunday, poking at the late senator’s academic record — an ironic smear given Trump is accused of being an awful student himself who went to great lengths to hide his transcripts from scrutiny.

“So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) ‘last in his class’ (Annapolis) John McCain that sent the Fake Dossier to the FBI and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election,” Trump tweeted, which is a baseless lie. “He & the Dems, working together, failed (as usual). Even the Fake News refused this garbage!”

No matter what you think of McCain, lobbing insults at a dead man who can no longer fight back is cowardly and beyond the pale.

It’s typical behavior of a bully like Trump, who is too weak to attack anyone to their face.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

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