John Kasich fundraises off Trump-McCain feud
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday latched onto the ongoing feud between President Trump and the McCain family, firing off a fundraising email to supporters to blast Mr. Trump.
“When we don’t speak out about these things, we become numb to them and we simply can’t let that happen,” Mr. Kasich said, adding that he’s taken to social media to complain about the president’s behavior, and asking his supporters to do the same.
He then talks about his college basketball picks, before the email asks for donations.
Mr. Kasich, who lost the GOP nomination to Mr. Trump in 2016 and has not publicly ruled out a repeat attempt in 2020, was the latest to seize on Mr. Trump’s recent comments about another political opponent, McCain, who before his death in August had regularly clashed with the president.
Mr. Trump’s latest jibes were sparked by reports that McCain deployed an aide to be a conduit for the salacious and unverified anti-Trump dossier compiled in 2016 by Christopher Steele.
McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, then attacked Mr. Trump, sparking a new round of press interest that culminated in the president during meetings with the Brazilian president on Tuesday saying he “was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be.”
McCain’s friends on Capitol Hill have blasted Mr. Trump for the comments, with Sen. Lindsey Graham, a confidante of both men, saying Mr. Trump diminishes himself more than he hurts McCain.