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 TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE for his continued attacks against the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump gives nod to vulnerable GOP Sen. McSally with bill signing Democrats need a 'celebrity' candidate — and it's not Biden or Sanders Juan Williams: The high price of working for Trump 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.


“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 ComeyImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Dem lawmaker: 'Quite clear' Trump committed impeachable offenses The Memo: Mueller's depictions will fuel Trump angst 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.