'That Is Emotional Manipulation': McCain Slams Obama's 'Courage' Remarks
After receiving the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Sunday night, former President Barack Obama called on members of Congress to oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law.
The House of Representatives last week narrowly passed a Republican bill that aims to repeal and replace the ACA, also known as ObamaCare.
“I hope that current members of Congress recall that it actually doesn’t take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful … but it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm and those who often have no access to the corridors of power,” Obama said.
“I hope they understand that courage means not simply doing what is politically expedient, but doing what they believe deep in their hearts is right,” he added. "This great debate is not settled, but continues, and it is my fervent hope and hope of millions that regardless of party, such courage is still possible."
On "Outnumbered" today, Meghan McCain slammed the former president for "emotionally manipulating" the American public.
She argued that he's trying to appear altruistic and noble, when this is really about his signature legislation being dismantled and his "legacy unraveling."
"A lot of people have been hurt really hard by ObamaCare, so the idea that, 'We're all just so courageous, and if you repeal it, you're a big, bad Republican who doesn't care about the bottom line,' that is emotional manipulation. And I know politics when I see it."
Kennedy said that Obama is not giving President Trump "room" to implement his own agenda and enact his own policies.
"He needs to allow the country to heal from one administration to the next," Kennedy said. "He needs to go into a shed in the woods and learn how to oil paint like George W. Bush did."
Watch more from "Outnumbered" above.