GOP congressman from California said Friday night that President Donald Trump wouldn't hold up well under torture, coming to the defense of Republican Senator John McCain as Trump surrogates continue to attack the Arizona legislator and veteran over his service record.
HBO's Bill Maher asked Representative Duncan Hunter how long he thought the president could withstand torture, to which the congressman, who served three overseas tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, quipped, "not very long." The comment was met with laughs from Maher's audience.
Maher agreed: "He'd probably torture his torturers, talking about the election. 'Nobody thought I'd get to 300," the HBO host said, referencing Trump's habit of invoking his electoral college win during interviews.
Hunter's candor came after a week of Trump surrogates hurling insults at McCain, whose announcement that he would be opposing CIA pick Gina Haspel roiled some within his own party. On Thursday, a guest on Fox Business Network accused McCain of succumbing to torture during the Vietnam war, dubbing him "Songbird John." (The guest will no longer appear on the show.) Also on Thursday, special assistant to the president Kelly Sadler reportedly suggested that the views of McCain, who is battling brain cancer, are irrelevant since the Arizona Republican is "dying anyway."