Following Senator John McCain's death on Saturday, August 25, news outlets across the nation put out memorial segments honoring the life of one of America's most towering political figures. This included Fox News, which is famously the favorite network of Donald Trump and his supporters due to its consistently and unfailingly favorable coverage of his Presidency.
Many conservatives, a great deal of whom one could assume to be Trump supporters, began leaving hateful comments on John McCain's Fox News memorial segment. Before long, the problem became so extreme, Fox was forced to disable the comment section.
It's no secret that President Trump and Senator McCain weren't very fond of each other, with Trump actively questioning McCain's status as a war hero during his campaign, and McCain making it clear before his death he did not want the President at his funeral. It seems the President's supporters took notice of this animosity and began decrying McCain as a "traitor" and "evil."
@RawStory @3ChicsPolitico I am no McCain fan and I'm not faking it because he has passed but would I say he was evi… https://t.co/Ho2Hx5u8bd— Properly Improper RI (@Properly Improper RI)1535326173.0
Before the comments were disabled, one video collected nearly 3,500 comments. On one, the first, from LenardMiller205, read:
McCain was a traitor!
@AlterNet @thebluenations Are they uncomfortable with the bile and bad manners they incite. If you can’t show resp… https://t.co/2iVuuzo0YP— Marti Gorun (@Marti Gorun)1535313829.0
Others, like BlackSix expressed similar sentiments:
Not a hero. He's a TRAITOR. Big difference.
Um, the comments on @JudgeJeanine John McCain tweet make me think the Fox News viewership may not be all that brigh… https://t.co/KF6YRfMNEa— Molly Jong-Fast (@Molly Jong-Fast)1535285209.0
I'm sorry, but I can't celebrate the life of a man who has done so much evil. He is burning in Hell right now, and receiving the due payment for his evil deeds.
@SocialPowerOne1 Fox made this monster and now they want to pretend like they care that McCain died? Please. They a… https://t.co/lymJ19rbxA— Zombie Chef (@Zombie Chef)1535318128.0
Commenter PromotesFreedom sounded off:
Thanks for dying McCain! By far the best thing you ever did for America!!!
@RawStory Nice group of viewers you got over there Fox News. 😒— Jeanne Miller 🐉 (@Jeanne Miller 🐉)1535305470.0
Many accused McCain of being controlled by liberal billionaire George Soros.
@thehill @FoxNews had to turn off their comments on some McCain stories due to the Fox faithful being truly #deplorable.— Mo Fei Chen (@Mo Fei Chen)1535429120.0
@xAnonDogx @benjaminwittes Have you been on the internet this weekend? His base support HATES McCain, to the point… https://t.co/EKRuQ2J9al— Amgems (@Amgems)1535412561.0