After the Twitter message was posted, McCain says he received plenty of responses in Russian, and asked someone from the Library of Congress to translate some of them for him.
“There’s obscenities that I have seldom read,” McCain recalls the Library of Congress worker telling him. “There’s questions about your family, your relations with your family, your relations with animals.”
McCain says, “I think the point is you’ve just got to develop a thick skin. And I say that easily, but I’ve still got a thin skin.”
He adds, “If you get immune to criticism, then I think maybe you’ve lost some of your sensitivity. And you cannot please everybody. You just can’t do it. There’s always going to be critics and it is what it is.”
The lawmaker, 77, is seen grilling on one of his beloved barbecues at his Sedona, Ariz., home during a teaser for the show, which airs Saturday.
In another clip from the episode, the dad of seven says he’s “proud” of all his kids, who he says have each in their own way been “remarkably successful” and “have turned out far better than your mom and I could’ve hoped.”
He then says to laughs from his outspoken daughter, who doubles as an MSNBC contributor, “And that doesn’t mean that all of you are not a giant pain in the ass from time to time.”