“John McCain kept reciting to me names of dictators during that speech,” the Minnesota senator said, “because he knew more than any of us what we were facing as a nation, he understood it.”
“I was never a fan of John McCain and I will never be,” Trump said earlier this year.
“The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate,” he said.
On Saturday, Klobuchar — who has previously touted her relationship with McCain while on the campaign trail — said an “arch of justice” started after Trump’s “dark inauguration.”
“The path that we are on did not just start today. It didn’t just start with the 2020 debates,” she said. “The arch that we are on, this arch of justice started that day after that dark inauguration.”
On Monday, McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, rebuked Klobuchar for bringing up her father to criticize Trump.
“On behalf of the entire McCain family – @amyklobuchar please be respectful to all of us and leave my fathers legacy and memory out of presidential politics,” “The View” co-host tweeted.
CNN’s Kate Sullivan contributed to this report.