Trump-Backed Candidate Thinks McCain Family Statement Before He Died Was Meant To Hurt Her Campaign

Arizona Senator John McCain died on Saturday at 81-years-old after a battle with brain cancer, leaving behind quite a legacy, from being a prisoner of war in Vietnam to serving as a Congressman and Senator, and he was a two-time contender for the presidency. He served with grace and dignity. But, according to Arizona GOP Senate candidate Kelli Ward, when McCain’s family announced on Friday that the Arizona Republican would no longer receive treatment for his battle with brain cancer, it was all to take attention away from her campaign.

Just hours after Ward made that suggestion on Facebook, McCain died.

“I think they wanted to have a particular narrative that they hope is negative to me,” Ward wrote in response to a remark made by one of her staffers who was skeptical of the announcement by McCain’s family.

Ward’s staffer asked if the announcement was “just a coincidence” or “if it was a plan to take media attention off her campaign?”

So, it wasn’t the deep state who caught her comment. It was the former second-vice chairman of a Maricopa County Republican Party group, Aaron  Borders,  who screen captured her comment and slammed Ward in an interview.

“It’s wildly inappropriate,” Borders said.“It’s classless. It’s not decent … it’s very narcissistic. It’s a narcissist comment to sit there and think that the McCain family made this decision to interfere with your bus tour.”

Ward deleted her remarks shortly afterward but the Internet is forever.

Ward then wrote another comment to blame the media, then deleted that one shortly afterward, too, according to the Arizona Republic.

“The media loves a narrative. I’ve said again and again to pray for Senator McCain & his family,” Ward wrote. “These decisions are terrible to have to make. I feel compassion for him and his family as they go through this. It’s not the McCains creating a narrative – it’s the media making something out of nothing. The media, the left, and the Establishment have the agenda.”

“They’ve been attacking me over fake stories for a year on this issue. I ran against Mr. McCain,” she continued as if she couldn’t stop herself. “I don’t agree with his voting record and rhetoric. I pray for him as a man who is suffering.”

Trump, a man who has repeatedly attacked McCain while he was dying, endorsed Ward previously in a tweet.

Following McCain’s death, Ward offered her condolences on Twitter, which didn’t go down well on the social site.

John McCain, a giant of the Senate and Vietnam War veteran, was one of the very few Republicans today who put country before party. If you’ve ever been with someone who is close to dying, then you know when they’re taken off their meds, the end is very close. Ward thinks that was done just to inconvenience her campaign.


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