Veteran journalist shreds Trump's 'appalling' response to McCain's death: 'You can't buy class'
Jeff Greenfield (MSNBC)

Veteran journalist Jeff Greenfield said President Donald Trump stood in sharp contrast to the character exhibited by the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

Greenfield, an Emmy-winning reporter and analyst, was embarrassed by the White House reaction to McCain's death, and he said the president's actions and statements revealed a startling lack of courage.

"One of (McCain's) favorite writers was Hemingway, who said that courage is grace under pressure," Greenfield told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I think, at his best, McCain demonstrated a lot of that."

"To be blunt with you, Joe, what we are seeing from the White House today is gracelessness under no pressure," Greenfield added. "You know, you cannot inherit or buy grace or class, and the contrast between John McCain at his best and what we are seeing from the White House today is absolutely striking and, frankly, appalling."