Former cable news giant Bill O’Reilly says Sen. John McCain’s decision to sink a “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act was revenge against President Trump two years in the making.
The Republican Party’s seven-year quest to scrap Obamacare ended Thursday night with a 51-49 defeat on theSenate floor. Mr. O’Reilly, appearing on “The “Glenn Beck Program” on Friday, attributed the Arizona lawmaker’s vote to animus over a 2015 insult by Mr. Trump.
“He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured,” Mr. Trumptold conservatives gathered in Iowa on July 18, 2015.
“I think this is about Trump,” Mr. O’Reilly said, Mediaite reported. “I think McCain despises Trump so much because of the POW comment during the campaign. […] I think it’s about McCain basically saying to himself, ‘I really despiseTrump and I think Trump should be out of there. I’m going to make it impossible for Trump to have any kind of legislative victories.’ That’s what I think this is about.”
Host Glenn Beck then joked that his guest’s theory was “conspiratorial” in nature.