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

CNN's Dana BashDana BashPelosi: 'No intention' of abandoning Democrats' infrastructure goals Ocasio-Cortez: 'Old way of politics' influences Manchin's thinking Ocasio-Cortez: Senate Democrats 'blocking crucial items in a Democratic agenda' MORE said President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE's possible loss in Arizona would be "John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Energy: Lake Mead's decline points to scary water future in West | White House leads opposition to raising gas tax | Biden taps ex-New Mexico lawmaker for USDA post Lake Mead's decline points to scary water future in West Five takeaways from the Biden-Putin summit 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 TapperPolice investigating death of TV anchor who uncovered Clinton tarmac meeting as suicide Mississippi governor: Biden goal of 70 percent of US vaccinated by July 4 is 'arbitrary' Energy secretary: Adversaries have capability of shutting down US power grid 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 FlakeOn The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Trump looms large over fractured Arizona GOP Why Republican politicians are sticking with Trump MORE endorsed Joe BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine 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.