Republicans and Democrats React to McCain's Cancer Diagnosis: "Give It Hell, John"

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The McCain family reflected on the outpouring of support after the senator's brain-cancer diagnosis on Wednesday.

News of John McCain's cancer diagnosis rose above partisan politicians on Wednesday, with Republicans and Democrats coming together to share a united front of support for the Arizona senator.

President Trump said McCain "has always been a fighter" and former President Barack Obama said of the American hero: "Cancer doesn't know what it's up against. Give it hell, John."

The 80-year-old lawmaker was diagnosed with a brain tumor on Wednesday. Doctors confirmed McCain has glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer, which they discovered after removing a blood clot from above his left eye last Friday. "Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot," his office said in a statement.

His daughter, Meghan McCain, said the family is "living with the anxiety about what comes next" but that her father is the calmest of the bunch. "It won't surprise you to learn that in all this, the one of us who is most confident and calm is my father," she wrote, in part, in a statement on Twitter. "He is the toughest person I know."

Wife Cindy McCain echoed her daughter's sentiment. "We as a family will face the next hurdle together," she wrote on Instagram, captioning a photo of the pair on their wedding day. "One thing I do know is he is the toughest person I know. He is my hero and I love him with all my heart."

The 2008 Republican presidential nominee is recovering in his Arizona home and is said to be reviewing further treatment with his family, which includes a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.

He took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to express his own gratitude for the outpouring of support and to say that, "unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!"

See the reactions from McCain's lawmaker colleagues below. 


John McCain is one tough fighter - we know he'll face this diagnosis with courage and strength. Our family continues to lift John and his family up in prayer.

Posted by Sarah Palin on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July 20, 12:25 p.m.: Updated with John McCain tweet.