Meghan McCain just lashed at defeated GOP Rep. Jason Lewis of Minnesota, after he wrote an op-ed blaming her late father, John McCain, for Republicans losing the U.S. House majority.
“This is abhorrent,” the late Arizona senator’s daughter, 34, wrote on Twitter on Monday in response to the op-ed.
Lewis lost his re-election bid to Democrat Angie Craig, and argued in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that the GOP lost its House majority not in last week’s midterm elections but rather months ago, when McCain voted against the “skinny” repeal of ObamaCare.
The move, which stunned many of McCain’s Republican colleagues, came in July 2017, a little more than a year before the longtime GOP senator died from brain cancer at 81.
This is abhorrent. https://t.co/dPpjYcwk81
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) November 12, 2018
“McCain’s last-minute decision prompted a ‘green wave’ of liberal special-interest money, which was used to propagate false claims that the House plan ‘gutted coverage for people with pre-existing conditions,’ ” Lewis wrote. “That line was the Democrats’ most potent attack in the midterms.”
Lewis went on to suggest that McCain voted no out of “pettiness,” concluding, “The late Arizona senator’s grievance with all things Trump was well known, but this obsession on the part of ‘Never Trump’ Republicans has to end. Disapprove of the president’s style if you like, but don’t sacrifice sound policy to pettiness.”
Others on Twitter criticized Lewis’ comments, calling them “disgusting” and “appalling.” Some also criticized the Wall Street Journal for running the piece, especially on Veterans Day, in light of McCain’s legacy as a war hero.
— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) November 12, 2018
This is disgusting. Jason Lewis, a GOP congressman defeated last week, blames John McCain for Republican losses in the midterms bc of his no vote on ACA repeal.
It’s appalling that Lewis and his team thought this piece—which is filled with lies—was OK.https://t.co/KNr6rDHMKv
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) November 12, 2018
think about all that went into this. Jason Lewis — a defeated R — thought the reason Rs lost was bc McCain, a recently deceased senator & American hero, voted no on Obamacare He then wrote that op-ed. he submitted it. And the WSJ decided to run it on Veterans Day.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) November 12, 2018
Jason Lewis blaming the GOP’s loss of the House on the late John McCain is abject bananas pudding. https://t.co/WLVUVT7WfW
— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) November 12, 2018
Couldn't agree more. If having the courage to ignore partisan politics, and vote your conscience on the ACA repeal causes your party to lose, then what has Washington become? John McCain was a great leader, and an American hero. Jason Lewis is an American zero! https://t.co/0yfRrc2jqU
— Dennis Noel (@DNoel97) November 12, 2018