Cindy McCain reveals how her husband would have felt about Trump’s refusal to concede

Cindy McCain reveals how her husband would have felt about Trump’s refusal to concede

11/13/2020

The widow of the late Senator John McCain is raising her concerns about President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede, and says that she believes her late husband would be troubled by everything that is unfolding at the Trump White House.

“He [Senator McCain] not only believed but lived the ideals of the Democratic process. The fact that our President-elect [Joe Biden] doesn’t have access to security briefings that he needs, that he doesn’t have access to folks within the administration that are working on the pandemic, on COVID itself, it’s not only a terrible thing to have happen, it’s also a detrimental thing to have happen to this country,” Cindy McCain told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “It’s dangerous for this to occur. It’s time the president get on the right side of history and make sure that our incoming president has all the things he needs to begin with his feet on the ground” (via Twitter).

McCain also addressed the GOP’s apparent reluctance to concede that Biden had won, saying her husband would not be pleased, and that he would “go McCain on people.” 

“That’s not what we are. That’s not what this democratic process is about. We are a country that passes peaceful transition between administrations. That’s the way it’s always been. And I’m quite certain that my husband would be yelling at the top of his lungs at his colleagues, and with his colleagues, to stop this,” she said.

Cindy McCain: 'Believe in the process of democracy'

Cindy McCain has been the bearer of her late husband’s legacy, and she’s chosen to honor that in ways that she feels might best reflect his values. One of those acts was to support then-Vice President Joe Biden’s candidacy, and to watch his slow, painful ascent to becoming President-elect. “I’ve watched this the same way the entire world has, and I’ve been frustrated at times. I’ve been joyous at times, I’ve been confused at times, like everyone else. But I truly, truly believe in the good citizens of the United States of America,” McCain told The Arizona Republic (via AZ Central).

“And especially when we’re talking about Arizona, all the volunteers, the people that worked so hard on this that are dedicated to the process and dedicated to democracy. That makes me feel good when I get a little confused. … My husband always told me that, you’ve got to believe in the process and believe in democracy. More importantly: Democracy will reign in the end,” she said.

McCain is the second Republican to be named a part of the 16-member Biden transition team thus far. She joins Bob McDonald, who headed the Department of Veterans Affairs under former President Barack Obama (via Associated Press). 

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