'Let him rest in peace': McSally says she gets annoyed when Trump attacks McCain

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Republican Sen. Martha McSally, who faces a tough election battle in Arizona, said that it “pisses” her off when President Trump bashes the late Sen. John McCain.

McSally spoke about the attacks during a Tuesday night debate against Democratic opponent Mark Kelly, a former NASA astronaut who is leading in the polls. During the matchup, she denounced Trump’s criticisms against McCain and said she has spoken to the president in private about the matter.

“I’ve publicly and privately repeatedly talked to President Trump and asked him to stop attacking John McCain,” McSally said. “Quite frankly, it pisses me off when he does it.”

Democratic challenger Mark Kelly, left, arrives to debate U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., right, at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix, Ariz., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.

(Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP)

McSally was appointed by the Arizona governor in 2018 to replace Jon Kyl, who was occupying the seat in an interim role following the death of McCain. The upcoming special election between McSally and Kelly will be held on Election Day.

Trump has criticized McCain, a former prisoner of war, both prior to and after McCain’s 2018 death from cancer. McCain’s widow, Cindy McCain, broke partisan ranks and decided to endorse Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden over Trump in this year’s election. Biden was a pallbearer at McCain’s funeral, which Trump was not invited to.

“It’s been an honor to work with John McCain,” McSally said during the Tuesday debate. “I learned from him as a cadet in the military about what he endured as a POW. Let’s let him rest in peace.”

Kelly is polling ahead of McSally by a 6.6-point margin, according to an average of polls by RealClearPolitics.

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