BuzzFeed Writer Mocked for Telling People Not to Attack John McCain

BuzzFeed editor Sarah Mimms may have thought she was saying something pretty uncontroversial when she implored her followers not to say anything bad about cancer-stricken Sen. John McCain. But they weren’t having it.

McCain, who was just diagnosed with a brain tumor, returned to the Senate on Tuesday to vote in favor of opening debate on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. McCain also said he would not vote in favor of the current version of the bill, and pleaded for more civility from both the left and right.

Vice President Mike Pence voted yes to break a tie vote, meaning the debate will move forward. And that led some on Twitter to accuse McCain of voting to kill people.

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Mimms, a BuzzFeed D.C. editor, suggested before McCain’s appearance that now, when the 80-year-old faces a health crisis, is not the time to attack him. (She declined a request for comment.)

“If you have something sh—y to say about John McCain, here’s a thought: Don’t,” she said. Mimms followed it with another tweet about a half hour later, saying “It’s amazing the number of people who think ‘I’m glad someone has cancer’ is a defensible thing to say. It is not.”

Hundreds of people responded disparagingly, some sticking to the issues, and some not. Here are just a few replies:

He just voted to take away my health care and don’t tell me it’s because he wants to keep my seat because that clearly doesn’t matter

— Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) July 25, 2017

what if they just agreed to murder thousands of innocent people

— david lunch (@apepsibath) July 25, 2017

after receiving treatment for a condition that countless people will die from because they won’t be able to afford the healthcare McCain has

— david lunch (@apepsibath) July 25, 2017

his legacy: helping to deny healthcare to millions while the taxpayers pay for his own care. And this is good or honorable how?

— Rachel Luxemburg (@rlux) July 25, 2017

Is saying “I think his vote was disgraceful” shitty or not, just out of curiosity

— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) July 25, 2017

Let’s not forget who pays for it ???? He’s choosing this as his legacy so he can rot hell. Children are part of those countless people.

— Laurie H (@bklyn1984) July 25, 2017

A man with guaranteed health insurance and cancer has voted to take away coverage for the millions who pay for his

— McCain’s Conscience (@ConsciousMccain) July 25, 2017

Here’s a thought: Your medical diagnosis and war hero status doesn’t give you the right to hurt low income Americans for political gain

— Emily Gaudette (@emilygmonster) July 25, 2017

One Twitter user pointed out the amount of replies to her comment compared to the amount of “likes.”

A tale of two ratios.. pic.twitter.com/srqbRcSjCo

— jay smooth (@jsmooth995) July 25, 2017

After McCain took the Senate floor, she tweeted out what he said: “McCain: “I voted for the MTP… I will not vote for this bill as it is today. It is a shell of a bill right now, we all know that.””

McCain: “I voted for the MTP … I will not vote for this bill as it is today. It is a shell of a bill right now, we all know that.”

— Sarah Mimms (@SarahMMimms) July 25, 2017

McCain received an outpouring of support after news of his diagnosis broke, including kind words from Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

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

Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. Get well soon. https://t.co/fONWVlmYyz

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2017

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BuzzFeed editor Sarah Mimms may have thought she was saying something pretty uncontroversial when she implored her followers not to say anything bad about cancer-stricken Sen. John McCain. But they weren’t having it.

McCain, who was just diagnosed with a brain tumor, returned to the Senate on Tuesday to vote in favor of opening debate on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. McCain also said he would not vote in favor of the current version of the bill, and pleaded for more civility from both the left and right.

Vice President Mike Pence voted yes to break a tie vote, meaning the debate will move forward. And that led some on Twitter to accuse McCain of voting to kill people.

Mimms, a BuzzFeed D.C. editor, suggested before McCain’s appearance that now, when the 80-year-old faces a health crisis, is not the time to attack him. (She declined a request for comment.)

“If you have something sh—y to say about John McCain, here’s a thought: Don’t,” she said. Mimms followed it with another tweet about a half hour later, saying “It’s amazing the number of people who think ‘I’m glad someone has cancer’ is a defensible thing to say. It is not.”

Hundreds of people responded disparagingly, some sticking to the issues, and some not. Here are just a few replies:

One Twitter user pointed out the amount of replies to her comment compared to the amount of “likes.”

After McCain took the Senate floor, she tweeted out what he said: “McCain: “I voted for the MTP… I will not vote for this bill as it is today. It is a shell of a bill right now, we all know that.””

McCain received an outpouring of support after news of his diagnosis broke, including kind words from Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

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