Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) blamed Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) vote against Trumpcare on McCain's brain tumor, but he didn't mean it like a broader understanding of healthcare.
"We did get a call from Paul (Ryan) and he assured us that skinny repeal was not going to pass the House it would have to go to conference," Johnson said during a Tuesday radio interview on AM560 "Chicago's Morning Answer."
"Again, I'm not gonna speak for John McCain -- he has a brain tumor right now -- that vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning, some of that might have factored in," he went on.
The host then asked if he "really" thought that McCain's brain tumor caused McCain to not support the Trump bill and Johnson seemed to stammer in his response.
"Again, I-I-I don't know exactly what -- we really thought -- and again I don't want speak for any senator," he claimed. "I really thought John was going to vote yes to send that to conference at 10:30 at night. By about 1, 1:30, he voted no. So you have talk to John in terms what was on his mind."
According to CNN, McCain's spokesperson Julie Tarallo called the statement "bizarre" and "deeply unfortunate that Senator Johnson would question the judgment of a colleague and friend. Senator McCain has been very open and clear about the reasons for his vote."
The internet was not as kind. Here are the most brutal tweets blasting Johnson below:
@devilradio If Ron Johnson can blame McCain's ACA vote on a brain tumor, then we can blame Johnson's votes on him being a dolt.— Robert Barhite (@Robert Barhite) 1502299873.0
@SenRonJohnson Your statement regarding Sen. McCain's vote being affected by his brain tumor was appalling. Shame on you.— Steve Coulter (@Steve Coulter) 1502299162.0
@realDonaldTrump Now the GOP is saying McCain voted no on TrumpCare because of his brain tumor. Is there no limit t… https://t.co/OBh40c35NS— Proud Mil Ret. Miracles happen (@Proud Mil Ret. Miracles happen) 1502299437.0
@thehill So Sen Ron Johnson(R-Wi), I have no problem with Sen McCain's No Vote, your Yes Vote is a much bigger problem. Shame on you!— Rambler (@Rambler) 1502299940.0
Yeah. About that. Notice how people who NEED HEALTHCARE are reluctant to DO AWAY WITH IT? McCAIN is not the DUMB o… https://t.co/CZ85KiaF7S— Pahl RS (@Pahl RS) 1502299911.0
I am SURE Johnson meant it made McCain empathetic to what other Americans with cancer go through, right? RIGHT? (W… https://t.co/uEKLlYAo1k— Country over party (@Country over party) 1502299845.0
@eliyudin @SenJohnMcCain John McCain is steady as always! Johnson needs to adjust meds!— J.M. (@J.M.) 1502299830.0
@fawfulfan McCain voted No for a crappy bill - Ron Johnson voted yes b/c Club for Growth paid him to👇. Club for Gro… https://t.co/5ukutTiF1h— 🎄🎅🏻⛄️Deb💫 (@🎄🎅🏻⛄️Deb💫) 1502299755.0
Senator Johnson is appropriately named.#McCain vote.— ᴡɪʟʟɪᴀᴍ ʟ. ᴄᴏᴀʟᴇ, ᴘʜ.ᴅ. (@ᴡɪʟʟɪᴀᴍ ʟ. ᴄᴏᴀʟᴇ, ᴘʜ.ᴅ.) 1502299643.0
@SenRonJohnson thinks @SenJohnMcCain's brain tumor caused him to vote against #TrumpCare. At least McCain's brain functions. Johnson's? Hmm.— Ana Hotaling (@Ana Hotaling) 1502299614.0
How low can you go? GOP Sen. Ron Johnson: McCain's brain tumor might have been factor in no vote @CNNPolitics https://t.co/Pipzo2Zwr9— Sharon Crow (@Sharon Crow) 1502299543.0
Congrats on being a jerk-GOP Sen. Ron Johnson: McCain's brain tumor might have been factor in no vote. https://t.co/4rLyP5huHL— Thom Booker (@Thom Booker) 1502299337.0
@thehill It's at times like this you see how low some will go. Best wishes to Sen. McCain and shame on the despicable Sen. Johnson.— jllr (@jllr) 1502300776.0
Beyond being unseemly, whats weird abt this is Ron Johnson was himself making a dramatic show about angst w/ process https://t.co/98uOPQDV3b— Sam Stein (@Sam Stein) 1502294385.0
@thehill You are better than this,WI! Please stop sending these people to Congress! Nothing wrong w/McCain; he just… https://t.co/Ew7qF5p96i— Turn the Senate BLUE 2020! (@Turn the Senate BLUE 2020!) 1502301342.0
@AP I hope McCain walks up to him on the floor of the Senate and coldcocks him.— Steven (@Steven) 1502301351.0
@CNN What an ass! McCain grew a conscience-something most @GOP members do not have! Blame on his brain tumor all you want-he was right!— JGentry (@JGentry) 1502301336.0