Scaramucci: Trump McCain attacks are 'socially unnatural,' 'stupid'
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Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Mnuchin plans to hire ex-Fox News contributor Monica Crowley: report Scaramucci: Mr. President, the press is not the enemy of the people MORE on Thursday blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE for his recent attacks on the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainWhy did Mueller allow his investigation to continue for two years? If you don't think illegal immigrants are voting for president, think again 10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era MORE (R-Ariz.), calling the president's comments “stupid” and “socially unnatural.”

“He's hitting something that is socially unnatural. And so what is that? You're attacking somebody that died seven months ago," Scaramucci said in an appearance on CNN's "New Day.”

“I think it's stupid. I'm being very declarative here. I think it's stupid,” the former White House staffer continued.


Trump sent numerous tweets last weekend attacking McCain, who died of brain cancer last August, and continued targeting the longtime senator this week, telling reporters Tuesday he was “never a fan of John McCain” and lamenting in a speech in Ohio on Wednesday that he “didn’t get a thank you” for McCain’s funeral.

Scaramucci cautioned that continuing to attack McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, could potentially alienate veterans who support Trump. 

Scaramucci speculated that some Republicans have praised McCain rather than directly criticized Trump because they “don’t want to get in the Twitter crosshairs” of the president.

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), who was a close friend of McCain’s, on Wednesday said that the president's attacks “hurt him more than they hurt the legacy of Sen. McCain.”

Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonCongress punts on disaster aid amid standoff with Trump, Dems Overnight Defense: Transgender troops rally as ban nears | Trump may call more troops to border | National Guard expects 3M training shortfall from border deployment | Pentagon to find housing for 5,000 migrant children Pompeo: Russia complying with nuclear treaty that's up for renewal MORE (R-Ga.), chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, spoke out on the remarks more forcefully, calling them “deplorable” in a radio interview Wednesday.

McCain’s daughter Meghan has also frequently hit back against Trump’s attacks on her father, saying Wednesday on "The View" that McCain “would think it was so hilarious that our president was so jealous of him that he was dominating the news cycle in death.”