President Donald Trump is losing the ongoing feud with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), said CNN political analyst David Chalian, but he simply can’t stop fighting against the dead senator.
In a quick exchange Wednesday, Chalian described it almost as a kind of compulsion.
“When President Trump obsesses on something like this it’s a clear indication to me, Wolf, that he understands he’s on the losing end of this political argument,” Chalian explained. “He knew that last August when Sen. John McCain was laid to rest. He had this inexplicable flap over whether or not the flags should be lowered.”
Chalian noted that now Trump seems to be trying to take credit for McCain’s funeral.
“But it is so clear, this American hero is so under this president’s skin,” Chalian continued. “He knows he’s losing by comparison to John McCain and he can’t seem to let it go. He is completely, in the last week, just continuing this attack on a record that is so clearly above and beyond when it comes to service to this country and the president seems incapable of acknowledging it.”
Watch his full commentary and new poll results from CNN below:
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"And the evidence comes from the Republican's own witnesses," he noted. "The former envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker -- who resigned just one day after the release of the whistleblower's report -- telling the president's defenders exactly what they did not want to hear."
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"Wait, this argument is insane," Carrie Cordero said. "You cannot argue that the president of the United States' words do not matter or that he's just sort of spouting off or he has his own views."
"The reality is we ignore 80 to 90% of what the president says," Santorum argued. "Look at the tweets, we ignore most of those things he tweets and say 'it's Trump being Trump.'"
Then CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin flattened Santorum.