By the time the president began his anti-McCain tirade in OH, several leading Republicans had signaled a new willingness to defy Trump by defending the Vietnam War veteran as a hero seven months after he died of brain cancer.
Trump did not attend McCain's funeral - a request that reportedly came from the senator's family.
"Barely six months after McCain's death, Trump started the latest exchange between himself and the McCain clan on Sunday in a blast of Tweets, including one that attacked "'last in his class' (Annapolis) John McCain".
At a speech at an OH tank factory, President Trump complained that he wasn't thanked for giving John McCain "the kind of funeral he wanted". "Nothing is more important than the integrity of the country and those who fought and risked their lives for all of us". McCain died past year of brain cancer. Former senators Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee both tussled with Trump and retired rather than face tough Republican primary challenges in 2018.
This week, Trump unloaded a new series of anti-McCain tweets in which he said he never had been "a fan" and never would be.
"McCain didn't get the job done for our great vets in the VA and they knew it", Trump said at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center. Trump is still bitter about McCain's no vote on the Obamacare repeal in 2017, which killed the measure. She followed up on "The View" by saying her father "would think it was so hilarious that our president was so jealous of him that he was dominating the news cycle in death".
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After calling George Conway - or "Mr. Kellyanne Conway, as the president refers to him - a "stone cold LOSER and husband from hell" in a morning tweet, the president affirmed his opinion to reporters on the South Lawn before leaving for a speech in Ohio".
He also reportedly said McCain was "a hero" who was "a great public servant, no two ways about that".
"A lot of people are asking, because they love me and they ask me about a man named John McCain", Trump said.
Mrs. McCain's share appears to have taken the war to a whole new level. "It will be deplorable seven months from now if he says it again and I will continue to speak out".
Sunny Hostin spoke about the threatening message sent to the grieving widow, reminding viewers that "there was a time in this country where families of politicians were off-limits", and called for the White House to denounce bullying.
"Everyone should give him and his family the respect, admiration, and peace they deserve", she wrote on Twitter.
The South Carolina Republican did defend McCain over the weekend, tweeting that "he stepped forward to risk his life for his country, served honorably under hard circumstances, and was one of the most consequential senators in the history of the body".
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Twitter he will re-introduce his legislation to rename the Russell Senate Office Building after McCain, whom he called an "American hero".