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Anderson Cooper blasts Trump over McCain attacks: 'He's punching a person who is dead'

CNN host Anderson Cooper on Tuesday criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE for his continued attacks against the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainDemocrats' squabbling vindicates Biden non-campaign McSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol Palin responds to Obama: 'He is a purveyor of untruths' MORE (R-Ariz.), with Cooper noting that Trump is "punching at a person who's dead."

Appearing on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Republican strategist Adolfo Franco said Trump's attacks against McCain are evidence of his counterpunching style.

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“We know the president’s style is to, when he’s attacked, as he says, 'I’ll punch back,'" Franco said.

Cooper said in response that he understands counterpunching, but said Trump is "punching a person who can’t fight back."

“I understand the whole counterpunching thing, which is a line we’ve heard a lot from the president," Cooper said. "He’s punching at a person who’s dead. He’s punching a person who can’t fight back because he’s dead.”

 

Trump, who long feuded with McCain, in recent days has renewed his attacks on the former senator, who died of brain cancer last year.

Trump took to Twitter over the weekend to go after McCain, blasting him for a vote against repeal of the Affordable Care Act and for sharing a dossier that detailed alleged ties between Trump and Russia with former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThe new marshmallow media in the Biden era McCabe defends investigation of Trump before Senate committee: We had 'many reasons' The Memo: Trump retains narrow path to victory MORE.

Trump stepped up his attacks on Tuesday.

“I was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be,” Trump told reporters during an Oval Office meeting.

“I'm very unhappy that he didn’t repeal and replace ObamaCare, as you know,” Trump added.