Over the weekend, Donald Trump dedicated his time and energy to putting the late Senator John McCain on blast on Twitter.
Cindy McCain, who is now a widow, took to Twitter to show that these words had consequences.
She shared a vicious message that she received, one that smeared her entire family. Warning: there's some horrible language below.
It's bizarre to see a lunatic ranting about a dead man, especially when he ostensibly has better things to be doing.
But as Cindy McCain's tweet illustrates, Trump's deranged fuming about Senator McCain, who passed away last year, did not take place in a vacuum.
His supporters heard it, and one of them reached out in a private message to Cindy.
"I want to make sure all of you could see how kind and loving a stranger can be," Cindy wrote in a tweet.
Cindy explained: "I’m posting her note for her family and friends could see."
Cindy included a screenshot of the message that she has received, complete with the sender's name.
"Your husband was a traitorous piece of warmongering s--t and I’m glad he’s dead," a hateful user named Tiffany wrote.
She expressed: "Hope your [Miss] Piggy looking daughter chokes to death on the next burger she stuffs down her fat neck, too."
As if that were not a vile enough message already, this person then hurled the worst word that came to mind at Cindy.
Her message concluded: "C--t."
There's a lot to unpack there.
John McCain's war policies were at times controversial, but referring to him as a traitor isn't just insulting -- it is false.
Messaging someone's widow to tell them that you're glad that her husband is dead is a vicious thing to do.
Miss Piggy never married, and she and Meghan McCain do not really resemble each other in appearance or personality.
Wishing a woman's daughter dead in that woman's DMs, apparently because of her daughter's weight, is evil.
Use of the C-word is controversial in America, but there is no country where it's inclusion in this terrible message was appropriate.
John McCain's war record, including the years during which he was a prisoner of war subjected to regular torture, can be complicated.
Body-shaming his daughter is not.
There are many valid criticisms of Meghan McCain.
It is very telling that this hateful person bypassed, say, her theatrics on The View or the way that she reminds everyone whose daughter she is like the second coming of Draco Malfoy.
Instead, this hater zeroed in on her body proportions.
For the record, that's not appropriate against anyone -- including Trump. There's always a better criticism than someone's body shape.
John McCain has been both respected and condemned by people on both sides of the political aisle.
He often balanced what appeared to be a strong sense of justice and patriotism with a misplaced sense of loyalty towards the Republican Party.
Often, he would speak out, but ultimately support candidates or elected officials purely because they were part of the GOP.
We are not by any means suggesting that his cancer or death preclude real discussions about his merits and legacy as a politician.
However, personal attacks -- especially false ones -- are unwarranted.
And quite frankly, even a nuanced critique of his military record doesn't belong in Cindy McCain's DMs.
Assuming that humanity survives, it seems likely that Donald Trump's personal attacks will be viewed as a badge of honor.
Many were puzzled by Trump's seemingly impulsive ravings on Twitter about the late Senator.
It doesn't seem so mysterious to us.
Trump is adored only by his ever-shrinking base.
In contrast, John McCain is respected on both sides of the aisle -- including by those who considered him to be a political enemy.
It seems that Trump is envious.
Even in death, McCain is admired by people in ways that Trump has always coveted but can never have for himself.