This week we reported that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who is at home in Arizona battling terminal brain cancer, urged the Senate to reject the nomination of Trump’s pick for CIA director because of her stance on torture.
White House aide Kelly Sadler responded to McCain’s opposition to Haspel by saying Thursday morning that is stance is irrelevant: “It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway,” a White House official told CNN.
Sadler is a former opinion editor for The Washington Times. At the White House, she focuses on illegal immigration, often sending out press releases to highlight stories about the issue to reporters, according to The Hill.
Cindy McCain, John McCain’s wife, was quick to react to Sadler’s comment:
@kellysadler45 May I remind you my husband has a family, 7 children and 5 grandchildren.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) May 10, 2018
The senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain, who co-hosts ABC’s The View, retweeted her mother’s comment, and said she would address Sadler’s remarks on her show today.
Sadler herself reportedly called Meghan McCain on Thursday to apologize for the remark, though her response has not been disclosed.
When asked about the comment, a White House official wouldn’t address Sadler’s remark directly, but said:
We respect Senator McCain’s service to our nation, and he and his family are in our prayers during this difficult time.
The reaction to Sadler’s “joke” received near-universal condemnation:
The White House communications official who mocked “dying” McCain during a meeting, is @kellysadler45. Our taxes pay her damn salary.
Oh, one more thing. Kindly, don’t ever talk to me again about the cruelty of a “smoky-eye” joke. https://t.co/sGtDlcsJD4
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) May 10, 2018
Kelly Sadler is the White House aide who mocked John McCain’s terminal condition. May her career be in terminal condition.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) May 10, 2018
With Kelly Sadler hoping a war hero with cancer will die soon and Donald Trump getting a crowd to boo Barack Obama…
It is clear that Melania Trump’s “Be Best” campaign is working well.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) May 11, 2018
Kelly Sadler should resign.
Any member of the Trump administration who does not demand Kelly Sandler’s resignation should resign.
Any WH staffer who did not walk out of that meeting should resign.
Hell, they should all resign.https://t.co/cnMUHh2kuM
— TDPattillo (@TDPattillo) May 10, 2018
White House official Kelly Sadler on John McCain Re: Haspel nomination: "He's dying anyway”
Where’s the outrage? Or is that only over Sarah Sanders at the WH Correspondents dinner? https://t.co/6elKydT3Qn
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) May 10, 2018
Trump has been unable to hire competent people. Exhibit A is Kelly Sadler.
Today, Sadler mocked Sen. John McCain's brain cancer at a meeting in front of 20 or so Trump incompetents where McCain's vote was being discussed.
Sadler said, "It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway" pic.twitter.com/bz3Bl61Ecb
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) May 10, 2018