US election 2020: How John McCain’s widow and John Lewis’ district could seal Trump’s defeat after he mocked late iconsNovember 8, 2020
WORRIED Trump supporters fear John McCain's widow could cost him the election after he once infamously dubbed the Arizona senator "no war hero."
The outspoken president's failure to praise late congressman John Lewis after he died may also come back to haunt him in Georgia – where he is now lagging behind Joe Biden.
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Trump had seemed nailed on the win the key battleground state of Arizona which has only been won by a Democratic candidate once during the past 70 years.
However, with 90 per cent of the votes in Biden now reportedly holds a narrow lead over his Republican rival in The Copper State – which holds 11 crucial electoral votes.
Trump supporters have now turned on Senator McCain’s widow Cindy – who backed Biden in September- for, in the words of conservative Mark Levin, helping "cost us Arizona”.
She crossed party lines and endorsed the Democrat following heavily rebutted claims that President Trump had branded war heroes "losers".
"There's only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is Joe Biden," she wrote in a tweet.
Mrs McCain spoke of her late husband's moral code: "Country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost."
"Joe and I don't always agree on the issues, and I know he and John certainly had some passionate arguments, but," she said of the former vice president-turned presidential nominee, "he will lead us with dignity."
Mrs McCain, whose husband was the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, said Biden was a "good and honest man" who would become a good president.
"He will be a commander in chief that the finest fighting force in the history of the world can depend on, because he knows what it is like to send a child off to fight," she tweeted.
The child she references is Biden's son Beau who served as an Army Judge Advocate General's Corps officer.
Three of McCain's children also served in the military.
John McCain himself volunteered for combat duty during the Vietnam War and spent over five years as a prisoner of war after he was shot down during a bombing run.
However, Trump at one point slammed the veteran – who died of cancer in 2018 -in 2015 saying "he's not a war hero."
"He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured," Trump said.
They are comments some believe will come back to haunt the president – includingMcCain’s former adviser Mike Murphy.
“There’s one red state left in the sunbelt that I do think is probably gonna flip to Joe Biden, which is Arizona,” he told MSNBC.
“Could be the revenge of Senator John McCain.”
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss tweeted:"And for those who believe that 'revenge is a dish best served cold,' Cindy McCain played a major role in making sure that Trump lost Arizona, home state of her beloved husband, an American hero.
"What must John McCain be thinking as he looks down and watches this happen tonight?"
Meanwhile in Georgia – which holds 16 electoral votes – Trump has slipped just behind Biden.
In August, the president found himself under fire for refusing to praise the late John Lewis in an interview.
He also questioned the value of the pivotal Civil Rights Act of the 1960s, which Lewis fought and almost died for.
When asked how history would remember the civil rights leader, the president replied, “I don’t know. I really don’t know”.
“I never met John Lewis, I don’t believe,” Trump added.
Now it's been revealed voters in Lewis' electoral district of Clayton County were responsible for casting the ballots which pushed Biden past Trump in Georgia.
The Georgia congressman and people's champion passed away in July at his home in Atlanta at aged 80 after losing his battle to pancreatic cancer.
Lewis helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was named its chairman in 1963, making him one of the Big Six at a tender age alongside Martin Luther King.
But Lewis will best be remembered for leading 600 protesters across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in 1965, an event that became known as the Bloody Sunday march.
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