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.”
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 20, 2017
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!”
I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support – unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so stand-by!
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 20, 2017
See the reactions from McCain’s lawmaker colleagues below.
Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. pic.twitter.com/SO4XYgnyug
— President Trump (@POTUS) July 20, 2017
Karen & I are praying for @SenJohnMcCain. Cancer picked on the wrong guy. John McCain is a fighter & he’ll win this fight too. God bless!
— Vice President Pence (@VP) July 20, 2017
John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 20, 2017
John McCain is as tough as they come. Thinking of John, Cindy, their wonderful children, & their whole family tonight.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 20, 2017
As he’s shown his entire life, don’t bet against John McCain. Best wishes to him for a swift recovery.
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) July 20, 2017
John and I have been friends for 40 years. He’s gotten through so much difficulty with so much grace. He is strong – and he will beat this.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 20, 2017
Thoughts and prayers with Senator John McCain, Mrs. McCain and family.
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) July 20, 2017
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) July 20, 2017
.@SenJohnMcCain is a hero, a patriot and a fighter. I am privileged to call him a friend. Paul & I pray for his recovery and his family.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 20, 2017
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 20, 2017
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.
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) July 20, 2017
July 20, 12:25 p.m.: Updated with John McCain tweet.