Sen. John McCain Said Obama Is “Directly Responsible” For The Orlando Massacre

National

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) had some harsh words for President Obama Thursday (June 16) when he said Obama was “directly responsible” for the Orlando Shooting massacre due to his administration’s inability to neutralize, or at least combat the rise of Islamic terrorist groups.

“Barack Obama is directly responsible for it, because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaida went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures, utter failures, by pulling everybody out of Iraq,” McCain said. “So the responsibility for it lies with President Barack Obama and his failed policies.”

READ President Obama Speaks On The 2016 Presidential Race: ‘This Is Not Reality TV’

McCain, who lost the 2008 presidential election to Obama, made the comments while the president and Vice President Biden went to Orlando to visit surviving family members of those who were killed during the massacre.

The elder Republican statesmen realizing his criticisms were rooted in poor taste, later retracted his statement and said he “misspoke.”

“I did not mean to imply that president was personally responsible. I was referring to President Obama’s national security decisions, not the president himself,” 79-year-old McCain said.

The Arizona senator’s comments didn’t sit well with Twitter, which caused the former P.O.W to trend for reasons no one should really be trending on Twitter.

READ Donald Trump Praises Ali After Months Of Proposing A Nationwide Muslim Ban

On Sunday June 12, 29-year-old Omar Mateen entered Pulse nightclub with an AR-15 assault rifle and killed 50 people. Although initial reports indicated Mateen choose the gay night club because he became irate after seeing two gay men kiss one another, one survivor, Patience Carter said while inside the club he spoke with attendees and pledged his loyalty to ISIS, and said the shooting was because he wanted America to stop bombing his country.