McCain Returns to Senate Wearing a Boot After Tearing His Achilles Tendon, and He Hates It

These boots were made for legislatin’.

Arizona Senator John McCain returned to work in the Senate Monday clad in a boot, after tearing an Achilles tendon.

“Senator McCain was treated at Walter Reed Medical Center over the weekend for a minor tear in his right Achilles tendon, as well as for other normal and non-life-threatening side effects of cancer therapy," his office said in a statement.

It added that McCain will keep wearing the boot "until his injured tendon is fully healed.”

The senator, who spent more than five years in captivity as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, joked about his new boot on Twitter, posting a photo of himself with it on.

"I can't tell you how much I hate wearing this boot!" he tweeted.

McCain announced in July that he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, and has been receiving treatment since.

“The prognosis is very, very serious,” McCain said on CBS’s 60 Minutes in September.

“Some say 3 percent, some say 14 percent. It’s a very poor prognosis. So, I just said, ‘I understand, now we’re going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find, and do the best we can.’ And, at the same time, celebrate with gratitude a life well-lived,” he said.

McCain has become known as one of the Republican Party’s most vocal critics of the Trump administration. It all started during the election season, when then-candidate Trump said McCain wasn’t a war hero.

“He was a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said. “I like people who weren’t captured.”

McCain was one of three senators who helped kill Trump’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and will be a key vote on the GOP’s tax-reform bill, another top Trump priority. In a speech last month, he said the U.S. must fight "half-baked, spurious nationalism" and "propaganda and crackpot conspiracy theories," leaving little doubt that he was criticizing the president.

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