Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) told voters in Iowa on Saturday that late Sen. John McCain “kept reciting the names of dictators” to her during President Trump’s inauguration speech. Meghan McCain responded to the comment Monday on Twitter, asking Klobuchar to leave her father out of campaign speeches. “Leave my fathers legacy and memory out of presidential politics,” McCain tweeted. Klobuchar’s anecdote recalled the contentious relationship between Sen. McCain and Trump, which turned to outright disdain from the president after McCain voted to oppose repealing and replacing President Obama’s Affordable Care Act in 2017.
The Minnesota senator has previously touted her relationship with McCain while campaigning. “John McCain... knew more than any of what we were facing as a nation, he understood it,” Klobuchar said.
On Monday evening, Klobuchar’s campaign responded to Meghan McCain’s tweet, saying Klobuchar was “simply sharing a memory.” “Senator Klobuchar had a long-time friendship with Senator McCain, she has defended him against President Trump’s attacks in the past, and she has deep respect for his family,” Amy for America communications director Tim Hogan said in a statement. “... She continues to believe that the best stories about Senator McCain are not about the views he had about President Trump: they are about McCain’s own valor and heroism.”