CNN's Dana Bash: Trump loss in Arizona would be 'John McCain's last laugh'

CNN's Dana BashDana BashBiden's bipartisan push hits wall on COVID-19 relief bill Senators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Biden agenda, Trump impeachment trial dominate MORE said President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE's possible loss in Arizona would be "John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOn The Money: GOP digs in on defending Trump tax cuts | Democrats bullish on raising minimum wage | Financial sector braces for Biden's consumer bureau pick No. 2 Senate Democrat says minimum wage can be increased with simple majority vote State-level Republicans wracked by division after Trump's loss MORE's last laugh," with the network's chief political correspondent saying the outcome would be poetic, given the president's criticism of the late Republican senator.

"Ultimately, John McCain’s widow, Cindy McCain, beloved and respected in Arizona, endorsed [Democratic presidential nominee Joe] Biden," noted anchor Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Durbin says he won't whip votes for Trump's second impeachment trial MORE on Wednesday. "There are many people in the White House right now tearing their hair watching Arizona returns right now saying: ‘I told you not to do that!’ ”

“You read my mind,” Bash concurred. “I was sitting here thinking [about] Arizona and thinking [about] John McCain and Cindy McCain. And now [former Republican Arizona Sen.] Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOregon Republican Party calls Capitol riot a 'false flag' operation to discredit GOP, silence Trump supporters The Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis State-level Republicans wracked by division after Trump's loss MORE endorsed Joe BidenJoe BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE, but much more of the McCain legacy."


"I am sure you are talking to people who are close to John McCain, that it is John McCain’s last laugh, if, in fact, his state, his beloved adopted state goes for Joe Biden, his old friend who spoke at his funeral, eulogized him," she concluded. “Can you imagine the poetry of that if it happens?”

Trump first attacked McCain during the 2016 primary season.

"He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured," Trump said of the Arizona senator.

McCain was shot down over Hanoi during the Vietnam War in 1967 and held as a prisoner of war for more than five years. He refused early release, even after being tortured and beaten.

McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, died in August 2018 after being diagnosed with brain cancer. He requested before his death that Trump — who also attacked McCain for his surprise vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act in 2017 — not attend his funeral.


“All politics is personal. It's all about trust. I trusted John with my life, I would, and I think he would trust me with his,” Biden said during his eulogy of McCain. “Character is destiny. John had character.”

The Associated Press and Fox News have declared Biden the winner in Arizona, but other networks have not yet called the state.

Trump campaign officials say the president will win Arizona as votes continue to be counted in the Phoenix area.