Trump Says Cindy McCain 'Can Have Sleepy Joe' After She Explicitly Backs Biden

President Donald Trump criticized Cindy McCain's decision to explicitly back Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, saying she "can have Sleepy Joe."

McCain, the widow of the late Republican Senator John McCain, who stood for president in 2008, outlined her decision to back Biden in statements issued Tuesday.

"My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There's only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is @JoeBiden," she wrote on Twitter.

"Joe and I don't always agree on the issues, and I know he and John certainly had some passionate arguments, but he is a good and honest man. He will lead us with dignity.

"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."

My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There's only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is @JoeBiden.

— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) September 22, 2020

Trump reacted to this on Wednesday morning, criticizing McCain for her decision to endorse Biden and taking aim at her late husband and the Democratic nominee.

"I hardly know Cindy McCain other than having put her on a Committee at her husband's request. Joe Biden was John McCain's lapdog," he wrote on Twitter.

"So many BAD decisions on Endless Wars & the V.A., which I brought from a horror show to HIGH APPROVAL. Never a fan of John. Cindy can have Sleepy Joe!"

I hardly know Cindy McCain other than having put her on a Committee at her husband’s request. Joe Biden was John McCain’s lapdog. So many BAD decisions on Endless Wars & the V.A., which I brought from a horror show to HIGH APPROVAL. Never a fan of John. Cindy can have Sleepy Joe!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2020

Trump has previously criticized former Republican presidential candidate McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, stating he was "not a war hero."

Trump, speaking in 2015, said: "I like people that weren't captured."

Newsweek has contacted the Trump and Biden campaigns, and reached out to Cindy McCain through the McCain Institute, for comment.

McCain had previously detailed her late husband's friendship with Biden, narrating a video highlighting the pair's relationship at the Democratic National Convention earlier this year, though did not appear on camera or explicitly back the Democrat at that point.

She spoke of the pair being able to work over issues despite coming from opposite sides of the aisle.

After her formal endorsement, she is one of a number of high-profile Republicans to break rank with the party to back the Democratic candidate over Trump.

The group Republican Voters Against Trump has previously referred to Senator McCain in attacks on Trump, while a number of his former aides have also backed Biden.

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Cindy McCain speaks onstage during the U.S.VETS Salute Gala in Los Angeles, California, on November 05, 2019. FilmMagic for U.S.VETS