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Pro-Trump Republican Jason Lewis, a former talk radio show host who lost his Minnesota House seat in the 2018 midterms, blamed the late Sen. John McCain for party defeats in a Sunday op-ed—only to be roasted himself for attacking the highly decorated Navy officer on Veteran’s Day.
Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Lewis said that the Democratic House takeover was the fault of McCain, for voting against repealing the Affordable Care Act.
McCain, one of three Republicans who had voted against the repeal effort in July 2017, took his stand on the basis that the action would remove coverage protections for citizens with pre-existing conditions. Lewis argued in his article that by doing this McCain took such leverage away from the Republicans that the GOP lost seats.
Lewis, who once accused Black Americans of an “entitlement mentality” and lamented that “slut” was now an unacceptable way to refer to a woman, lost his 2nd Congressional District seat to Democrat Angie Craig last week.
McCain’s daughter Meghan voiced her anger at the Republican on Monday.
This is abhorrent. https://t.co/dPpjYcwk81— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) November 12, 2018
For Twitter users on both sides of the political aisle, however, eviscerating a dead Vietnam veteran on Veterans Day was both classless and contemptible.
Jason Lewis blaming the GOP’s loss of the House on the late John McCain is abject bananas pudding. https://t.co/WLVUVT7WfW— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) November 12, 2018
Recently-defeated Congressman Jason Lewis, who complained that men can no long call women "sluts" and get away with it, blames John McCain for the GOP losing the House. https://t.co/ZDTeEjAU61— Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone) November 12, 2018
wait, on veterans day, the WSJ publishes an op-ed from a guy who lost a house race: "Who Lost The House? John McCain"— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) November 12, 2018
(also factually incorrect claims in the piece which didn't get edited!)https://t.co/iius1J4MWh pic.twitter.com/yGMEATbdNC
McCain, who did not serve in the House, also passed away nearly three months before the 2018 midterms.
David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology. He previously covered civil liberties, crime, and politics for Vice.