Cindy McCain: Trump allegedly calling war dead 'losers' was 'pretty much' last straw before Biden endorsement

The widow of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainObama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions Mark Kelly releases Spanish ad featuring Rep. Gallego More than 300 military family members endorse Biden MORE (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday said that comments reportedly made by President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE about fallen U.S. soldiers were the "last straw" in leading to her endorsement of Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska Jeff Daniels narrates new Biden campaign ad for Michigan MORE.

In an interview with the "Today," Cindy McCain pointed to the remarks, first reported by The Atlantic, in which Trump allegedly disparaged U.S. service members interred at a French World War I cemetery and referred to them as "losers."

"You're a military mom. Was that the last straw?" asked host Savannah Guthrie.


"Pretty much," McCain responded. "It's a culmination of things, but I do believe that our men and women that serve in the military are not losers.”

The Atlantic originally reported in early September that Trump had made the comments during a trip to France in 2018, and the story was later corroborated at least in part by Fox News and other media outlets. Allies of the president have denied hearing the remarks.


McCain's endorsement of Biden on Tuesday represents one of the highest-profile GOP endorsements of Biden's campaign heading into the final stages of the presidential race and comes as the former vice president is leading Trump in most national polling.

Biden spoke about McCain's endorsement Tuesday evening shortly before it was made public and slammed his opponent over the reported remarks, which Trump has repeatedly denied making.

“Maybe I shouldn’t say it, but I'm about to go on one of these Zooms with John McCain's wife, who is, first time ever, is endorsing me because of what he talks about with my son and John’s who are heroes, who served their country, you know he said they’re losers, they’re suckers,” Biden said Tuesday during a virtual fundraiser.