Arizona Republican candidate for Senate, Kelli Ward, suggested that former Senator John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) announcement that he was ceasing treatment for brain cancer ahead of his passing was timed to hurt her campaign to replace outgoing Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).
Hours before McCain’s passing on Saturday, Ward wrote in a since-deleted comment on a friend’s Facebook post questioning the timing, “I think they wanted to have a particular narrative that they hope is negative to me”:
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?@kelliwardaz staffer: I wonder if John McCain's trying to steal attention from Ward's bus tour by announcing his life is coming to an end.
Ward: Yup, it's all about me. #AZSEN pic.twitter.com/AXKAOhKYkU
— BrahmResnik (@brahmresnik) August 25, 2018
In a since-deleted follow-up post, Ward reportedly blamed the media for “making something out of nothing” and loving a “narrative” while also expressing “compassion” for the McCain family.
On Sunday, she reiterated her condolences for the late senator’s widow and children in a Facebook post lashing out at the left, which included screenshots of critical messages she has since received:
The Left is hateful, foul-mouthed, and easily misled. I do thank them (especially the out of staters) for increasing the…
Ward’s original comment and her backtracking follow negative remarks she hurled towards McCain on the campaign trail on Friday. Her subsequent comments about his health announcement were met with backlash:
I have no words to express how I feel about Kelli Ward…
Except narcissistic, selfish, idiotic, disgusting, horrible, rude, and moronic.
Okay maybe I have a few words.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) August 26, 2018
Kelli Ward is the epitome of everything John McCain stood against.
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) August 26, 2018
.@kelliwardaz-You’re one sick and twisted individual. The McCain family didn’t put out their cancer statement to hurt your campaign. Your campaign is hurt, because you’re an awful person.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) August 26, 2018
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) August 26, 2018
Senator McCain passed away on Saturday night after battling terminal brain cancer, which was diagnosed last year, and dedicating a lifetime of service to the United States.