Widow of John McCain gets set straight by law enforcementThe widow of late Senator John McCain is under fire and has apologized after Phoenix Police refuted her assertion that a woman of a “different ethnicity” than her toddler was potentially engaged in human trafficking.
The controversy started last Monday when Cindy McCain told a local radio station in Phoenix that she asked police to conduct a welfare check on a child at Sky Harbor International Airport on Thursday of last week.
“I came in from a trip I’d been on and I spotted – it looked odd – it was a woman of a different ethnicity than the child, this little toddler she had, and something didn’t click with me,” McCain told KTAR News 92.3FM on Monday.
“I tell people ‘Trust your gut.’”
“I went over to the police and told them what I saw and they went over and questioned her and, by God, she was trafficking that kid.
“She was waiting for the guy who bought the child to get off the airplane.”
Phoenix police on Wednesday released information saying that a welfare check on the child was in fact conducted at McCain’s request, but that no criminal behavior or child endangerment was suspected, KPNX-TV reported.
The comments from Cindy McCain about a “woman of a different ethnicity” whom she suspected of human trafficking brought significant backlash from users of social media and prompted McCain to tweet an apology on Wednesday.
“At Phoenix Sky Harbor, I reported an incident that I thought was trafficking,” she tweeted on Wednesday.
“I commend the police officers for their diligence. I apologize if anything else I have said on this matter distracts from ‘if you see something, say something.’”
Twitters users were still outraged. Here is a sampling of comments:
“Which airports do you prefer?” one Twitter user asked McCain. “You know, just so my multi-ethnic family knows which ones to avoid.”
“Can you apologize to the family on here? Because that would be way better,” tweeted another Twitter user.
“You spelled ‘I’m a big fat liar’ wrong,” tweeted one angry critic.
Another Twitter user wrote: “Cindy McCain proves what an ignorant a*****e she is.”
Many Twitter users noted how ironic it was for McCain to suspect a woman of a different race than her child of trafficking given that the McCain family adopted a young girl from Bangladesh.
Bridget McCain was adopted by the McCains from an orphanage in Bangladesh.
“Cindy McCain literally has a daughter she adopted from Bangladesh, wtf,” tweeted another Twitter user.
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