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 TrumpBooker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Booker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Trump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies' MORE for his continued attacks against the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain clashes with Joy Behar as the 'sacrificial Republican' on 'The View' The DNC's climate problems run deep Trump's health care focus puts GOP on edge 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 ComeyIntel chairman says FBI starting to answer questions on Russia probe Intel chairman says FBI starting to answer questions on Russia probe Want the truth? Put your money on Bill Barr, not Jerry Nadler 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.