GOP Rep Comes Out Swinging for McCain

Rep. Adam Kinzinger penned a Fox News op-ed Friday defending the late Sen. John McCain as a bipartisan “maverick,” a man who stuck to his convictions in a civil manner and a rare politician who was “first to say he wasn’t always right.”

The Illinois Republican, who counted the longtime Arizona Republican as a friend and mentor, did not explicitly mention the reason McCain’s legacy emerged in the news cycle seven months after his death: President Donald Trump has re-upped his criticism of the longtime lawmaker this week.

Kinzinger’s apparent hesitation to explicitly invoke Trump’s name when defending McCain’s legacy reflects a trend among many GOP lawmakers who have similarly avoided criticizing the president directly over his recent comments.

Kinzinger hasn’t shied away from confronting Trump and criticized some of his past moves.

Read more at Roll Call.