‘Using Your Dad’s Corpse as a Cudgel’
Conservative pundit Meghan McCain is lashing out at U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic candidate running for her party’s presidential nomination. McCain, the daughter of the late Senator John McCain, blasted the Minnesota lawmaker who was good friends with the former Senator from Arizona.
“On behalf of the entire McCain family,” Meghan McCain said on Twitter to Sen. Klobuchar, “please be respectful to all of us and leave my fathers legacy and memory out of presidential politics.”
Sen. McCain ran for president twice.
Klobuchar has invoked Sen. McCain’s name several times on the campaign trail, most recently sharing a favorable personal anecdote about him.
“The day when I sat on that stage between Bernie and John McCain, and John McCain kept reciting to me names of dictators during that speech, because he knew more than any of us what we were facing as a nation,” Klobuchar had said, referring to the inauguration of President Donald Trump. “He understood it. He knew because he knew this man more than any of us did.”
But Klobuchar repeatedly has invoked McCain’s name, going all the way back to 2012, just on Twitter:
A lot of interesting comments on Augusta, but when Obama, Romney & McCain all agree on something, maybe it’s time to change
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) April 9, 2012
And here’s a 2014 Facebook post from Sen. Klobuchar and her “friend Cindy McCain.”
It didn’t take long for many on social media to slam McCain, who frequently invokes her father’s memory:
In all honesty, this is not fair. McCain was a career politician, which is something that should not even exist. His daughter is making a living off his name. You cannot have it both ways. It is like a member of a royal family demanding both a golden crown and personal privacy. https://t.co/MPM3Ent7St
— Mike S. Adams (@MikeSAdams) May 27, 2019
Read: “Only I, the daughter of John McCain, get to use my father’s legacy for my personal gain” https://t.co/nTqSr0Ayb3
— Chance P. McMahon (@chancepmcmahon) May 27, 2019
I think under this system of protocol, presidential candidates would be limited to quoting only living politicians and fictional characters? No more Churchill, Teddy Roosevelt, Lincoln, or Kennedy? https://t.co/SeT1IBbQRG
— John Carvalho (@John_P_Carvalho) May 27, 2019
Imagine trying to score political points by accusing someone else of scoring political points…because they noted that your national hero father stood against fascism…and stood against America’s foreign & domestic enemies with every fibre of his being…unlike you…smdh. https://t.co/ymdD1s5Gsn
— DC Deejay (@dcdeejay) May 27, 2019
Even though @MeghanMcCain drags her family through presidential politics most days on the view. “But my Dad…..” (And, gee, I wonder if she’d have that job if she was not a “McCain.” # https://t.co/CUkpnXY6wr
— Denis Stearns (@denisstearns) May 27, 2019
1) You remember him running for President in 2000 and 2008? He’s part of the history of presidential politics.
2) Did you try calling/DMing @amyklobuchar instead of using your dad’s corpse as a cudgel for presidential politics?
3) I bet you were a disappointment to your dad. https://t.co/jQNauT0dbZ
— Gary M. Sarli♿️🎓🎲 (@GMSarli) May 27, 2019
He’s a public figure.
And we have a First Amendment.
Nothing disrespectful here. Only your desire to always center yourself where you were… irrelevant. https://t.co/OtrwmnndHK
— Now The Work Begins (@tummler10) May 27, 2019
I think you use your father every single day! YOU ARE SUCH A HYPOCRITE.😠😠😵 https://t.co/a7Ss1iAIoJ
— Sherry Smolders (@SherrySmolders) May 27, 2019
“please be respectful… “, those words are weird coming out of your mouth. You don’t know what they mean because you would’ve been respectful in all the chances you got this year while talking about so many people, if you did https://t.co/dRY6a5FqJB
— lightbluegreen (@lightbluegreen1) May 27, 2019
What the fuck is this? https://t.co/jUsDGQTuor
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) May 27, 2019
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Church Bells and Light Shows Across the Country Will Ring in Biden-Harris Administration
New details were released Thursday by the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) on behalf of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. In addition to the incoming president leading a memorial to honor American lives lost to COVID-19, light shows across the country will also take place.
The church-bell ringings and light shows across the country will take place on Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. ET. A D.C. ceremony, led by Biden, will feature lights around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool — the first time lighting around the Reflecting Pool has memorialized American lives lost.
“PIC is inviting cities and towns around the country to join Washington, D.C., in illuminating buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. ET [15 minutes after sunset] in a national moment of unity and remembrance,” the committee said. “The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris represents the beginning of a new national journey.”
The PIC statement continued, “However, in the midst of a pandemic — when so many Americans are grieving the loss of family, friends, and neighbors — it is important that we honor those who have died, reflect on what has been one of the more challenging periods in the nation’s history, and renew our commitment to coming together to end the pandemic and rebuild our nation.”
“President-elect Biden’s unwavering commitment to the safety of the American people is our North Star as we plan an inauguration that protects public health while honoring inaugural traditions and engaging Americans across the country. We are excited to share more information soon about the new and innovative ways all Americans can watch and participate in a historic inauguration that will unify our country,” said PIC Executive Director Maju Varghese.
“The pandemic is continuing to have a significant public health impact across the nation. Americans everywhere must do their part to slow the spread of the virus: wear masks, stay home, and limit gatherings. We are asking Americans to participate in inaugural events from home to protect themselves, their families, friends, and communities,” said PIC Chief Medical Advisor Dr. David Kessler.
The PIC will continue to announce further details about events and how Americans can participate as it becomes available in the coming weeks.
President-Elect Biden: Trump’s Mishandling of the Transition is ‘Nothing Short’ of ‘Irresponsibility’
President-elect Joe Biden made it clear Monday that his incoming administration will be operating from a disadvantage on day one if the Trump administration didn’t start cooperating immediately.
“From some agencies, our team received exemplary cooperation … from others, most notable, the Department of Defense, we encountered obstruction from the political leadership of that department,” Biden said in remarks delivered after a briefing with his national security and foreign policy advisers.
“Right now, as our nation is in a period of transition, we need to make sure that nothing is lost in the hand-off between administrations,” Biden said. “My team needs a clear picture of our force posture around the world and our operations to deter our enemies.”
He then added, “We need full visibility into the budget planning underway at the Defense Department and other agencies in order to avoid any window of confusion or catch up that our adversaries may try to exploit.”
Biden then called out the current administration for their “irresponsibility” in protecting the nation.
“Right now, we just aren’t getting all the information that we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas,” he said. “It’s nothing short, in my view, of irresponsibility. Rebuilding the full set of our instruments of foreign policy and national security is a key challenge that the Vice President-elect Harris and I will face upon taking office, starting with our diplomacy.”
Watch the video below.
President-elect Biden delivers remarks following his briefing with national security and foreign policy agency review team members. Tune in: https://t.co/GhYVOPiHw8
— Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) December 28, 2020
Buttigieg on Ambassador James Hormel: ‘He Helped Pave the Way’
Former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg served as the 32nd mayor of South Bend, Indiana, from 2012 to 2020 before running as a presidential candidate against his potential new boss, Biden.
If approved, Buttigieg would become the nation’s first out Senate-confirmed LGBTQ Cabinet secretary.
“This weekend I had the privilege of talking with Ambassador James Hormel, who broke a barrier as the first openly LGBTQ nominee sent to the Senate,” Buttigieg tweeted on Sunday. “Ultimately he was denied even a vote and served through a recess appointment—but helped pave the way for so many, including me.”
This weekend I had the privilege of talking with Ambassador James Hormel, who broke a barrier as the first openly LGBTQ nominee sent to the Senate. Ultimately he was denied even a vote and served through a recess appointment—but helped pave the way for so many, including me. pic.twitter.com/8UYh3O3Mta
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) December 20, 2020
Two hours earlier, Buttigieg tweeted, “Black and brown neighborhoods have been disproportionately divided by highway projects or left isolated by the lack of adequate transit and transportation resources. In the Biden-Harris administration, we will make righting these wrongs an imperative.”
Black and brown neighborhoods have been disproportionately divided by highway projects or left isolated by the lack of adequate transit and transportation resources.
In the Biden-Harris administration, we will make righting these wrongs an imperative.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) December 20, 2020
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