It’s no secret that Sen. John McCain’s family surviving members are no fans of President Trump. There was no shortage of barbs thrown back and forth between Trump and the senator when he was alive.
But according to the Washington Examiner's sources, the McCains aren’t just planning to not vote for Trump in 2020. They’ll be publicly throwing their support behind a particular Democrat if he declares his candidacy.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has been teasing a run for many months, drawing women to come forward and accuse him of inappropriate touching and overall creepiness.
Early Wednesday afternoon, the Examiner’s sources say the McCains will voice their approval of Biden as the Democratic presidential nominee and our next president in what will become their breakaway from the Republican Party.
Shortly after the Examiner’s story broke, though, John’s widow Cindy claimed on Twitter that the report is false.
“Joe Biden is a wonderful man and dear friend of the McCain Family. However, I have no intention of getting involved in presidential politics,” she wrote.
As of 5:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, her daughter Meghan McCain did not clearly respond to the rumor. She simply retweeted her mom's tweet and pinned it at the top of her Twitter feed.
Unlike her mom, though, Meghan will not be able to avoid getting involved in presidential politics. Meghan is a co-host on “The View,” and many Trump supporters have a love-hate relationship with her because of her willingness to battle with liberals over politics and her frequent criticisms of the president.
A little later, Meghan retweeted a quote from a Biden spokesperson saying "nothing has been communicated at this point" about whether or not she'll endorse Biden. It was still not a clear denial on her part.
“It’s undeniable that Joe Biden and the McCain family have a very close, personal relationship,” a former McCain campaign official told the Examiner.
Biden was originally expected to announce his candidacy on Wednesday. Then it was changed to Thursday.
Another one of the Examiner’s sources confirmed that "They [the McCains] talk regularly and have been supportive of his run," fueling speculation that the McCain family was going to support Biden but backed off.
Cindy was expected to endorse Biden first, then Meghan. Biden gave a eulogy for Sen. McCain at his funeral and said he “always thought of John as a brother.”
No indication has been given that the McCains have considered endorsing a different Republican than Trump rather than a Democrat. Bill Weld, who campaigned as Libertarian presidential candidate Gary John’s running mate, claims he can defeat Trump in the Republican Primary, but he’s received little to no support from the GOP establishment.