Cindy McCain reveals 'the final straw' with Trump that led to Biden endorsement

What would John McCain say about America today? Two years after his passing, Cindy McCain tells us

Cindy McCain, the widow of 2008 Republican presidential candidate and longtime Arizona Sen. John McCain, said on Sunday that one specific incident was “the final straw” for her with President Donald Trump

McCain, who has since endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, told “60 Minutes” it was Trump’s disrespect for those who had served in the military. 

“For me, the final straw was the, you know, ‘They’re losers and suckers,’” she said, referring to an Atlantic report that Trump had used the epithets to describe fallen soldiers. The report was later confirmed by other news agencies.

McCain said: 

“You know, I’m the mother of two veterans and a wife of a veteran, and my father was a veteran. They were not losers and suckers by any chance. It angered me a great deal. It angered me. And so I thought, you know, I can either sit here and be angry or I can do something.”

McCain also spoke about her late husband’s friendship with Biden in a video shown during the Democratic National Convention in August. She formally endorsed Biden about a month later. 

FBI steps in after Trump supporters swarm Biden bus

Analyst McCabe breaks down when the FBI gets involved

Trump took to Twitter on Sunday night to criticize the FBI investigation of his supporters, writing: "In my opinion, these patriots did nothing wrong."

The FBI said on Sunday it was investigating an incident in which a convoy of vehicles flying flags in support of President Donald Trump's re-election bid surrounded a bus carrying campaign staff for Democratic challenger Joe Biden on a Texas highway.

Friday's incident - captured on video that was retweeted by Trump on Saturday with the message, "I LOVE TEXAS!" - prompted the Biden campaign to cancel at least two of its Texas events as Democrats accused the president of encouraging supporters to engage in acts of intimidation.

Video footage showed a swarm of pickup trucks and SUVs bearing pro-Trump flags surrounding the Biden campaign bus as it traveled north along Interstate 35 between San Antonio and Austin.

The Biden campaign said the Trump caravan tried to force the bus to slow down and to run it off the road.

One video clip aired on CNN showed a Trump-flagged pickup swerve into the side of another vehicle traveling just behind the bus. The Texas Tribune newspaper reported that the sideswiped vehicle was being driven by a Biden campaign staffer.

According to the Biden campaign, staff aboard the bus called emergency-911 to report the incident, and local law enforcement responded to the calls and assisted the bus in reaching its destination.

"FBI San Antonio is aware of the incident and investigating," special agent Michelle Lee, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in San Antonio, told Reuters in an email. "No further information is available at this time."

Trump took to Twitter on Sunday night to criticize the FBI investigation of his supporters, writing: "In my opinion, these patriots did nothing wrong."

During a campaign stop in Michigan earlier in the day, Trump said: "Did you see our people yesterday? They were protecting his bus."

Speaking about the incident on the campaign trail on Sunday in Philadelphia, Biden said: "We've never had anything like this. At least we've never had a president who thinks it's a good thing."

Neither Biden nor his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, was aboard the bus. The Texas Tribune reported that its passengers included Democratic U.S. House of Representatives candidate and former Texas state Senator Wendy Davis.

CLOSE RACE IN TEXAS

The highway confrontation came as polls showed an unexpectedly tight race between Biden and Trump in Texas, which has long been a Republican stronghold.

"Rather than engage in productive conversation about the drastically different visions that Joe Biden and Donald Trump have for our country, Trump supporters in Texas instead decided to put our staff, surrogates, supporters and others in harm's way," Biden's Texas campaign spokesman, Tariq Thowfeek, said in a statement. "We'll see you on November 3rd."

Texas Republican Party Chairman Allen West, in a statement, dismissed media reports of the incident as "more fake news and propaganda," adding: "Prepare to lose ... stop bothering me."

Texas was not the only place where "Trump trains" of supporters forming vehicle convoys have caused consternation. Video footage on social media on Sunday showed vehicles flying pro-Trump flags blocking traffic on the Whitestone Bridge over the East River in New York City's Bronx borough.

Local media reported similar Sunday traffic blockades on the express lanes of the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey and the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River linking New York's Westchester and Rockland counties.

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Fauci: We 'Could Not Be Positioned More Poorly' On COVID-19

Fauci praised Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for taking COVID-19 “seriously from a public health perspective.” President Donald Trump, on the other hand, is focused on the “economy and opening businesses,” he said.

The nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci painted a grim future in a bombshell interview on COVID-19 with The Washington Post Saturday, warning that the nation “could not be positioned more poorly” to battle the pandemic.

“We’re in for a whole lot of hurt. It’s not a good situation,” said the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“All the stars are aligned in the wrong place as you go into the fall and winter season, with people congregating at home indoors,” Fauci added. “You could not possibly be positioned more poorly.”

Fauci praised Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for taking COVID-19 “seriously from a public health perspective.” President Donald Trump, on the other hand, is focused on the “economy and opening businesses,” he said.

Fauci called for the government to make an “abrupt change” in addressing the danger. He warned that COVID-19 cases in the U.S. could hit 100,000 each day — just as the nation hit that record on Saturday.

The dire warnings were a dramatic contrast to Trump’s repeated claims that the country is turning the corner on the pandemic, and that COVID-19 will “go away.”

Trump has claimed that the “fake news” focus on “cases, cases, cases” is a plot to stoke fear to hurt his presidential campaign, and that COVID-19 reporting will stop after Election Day. In reality, nearly a quarter of a million Americans have died of COVID-19, and that trend will likely continue without massive intervention.

Fauci complained that the “public health aspect” of the White House coronavirus task force has “diminished greatly.”

He also attacked Trump’s new health adviser, Scott Atlas, who supports allowing the coronavirus to spread among the young and the healthy.”

“I have real problems with that guy,” Fauci said. He’s “talking about things that I believe he doesn’t have any real insight or knowledge or experience in. He keeps talking about things that .... [don’t] make any sense.”

White House spokesman Judd Deere angrily insisted to the Post in response to the interview that Fauci “knows the risks [from the coronavirus] today are dramatically lower than they were only a few months ago.” He added that the president has “always put the well-being of the American people first.”

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