John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this week, and while most of the conversation – even from Democrats – has been civil, there is a staggering amount of vitriol coming from the Alt Right. All over social media, the hardcore, alt right Trump supporters are claiming that this diagnosis is punishment from God for McCain not being a blind Trump supporter. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

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As most people are aware, John McCain earlier this week, announced that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer. He does intend to go back to the Senate. We don’t know if he’s going to continue his term, what’s gonna happen with his diagnosis. To an extent, depending on when they caught it and how developed it is, it could be treatable, could be curable. I think there’s only about a 4% chance of that, a 4% success rate for treating this particular type cancer. None the less, the response overall, from both Republicans and Democrats has been civil, as it should be. In this particular instance, whether you like him or you dislike him, it’s inappropriate and uncalled for to attack John McCain or celebrate the fact that he was diagnosed with what could potentially be terminal cancer. But there is one group in the United States that seems to think that this is punishment for John McCain not being a blind loyalist to Donald Trump, and that group is the alt-right.

On social media sites 4chan, Twitter, Reddit, hard alt-right Donald Trump supporters are saying that this was Godly justice that John McCain got this potentially terminal diagnosis. They’re celebrating it. Saying, “That’s what you get for not blindly supporting Donald Trump. You deserve this.” Those are just a few of the comments and to be honest, those are some of the nicer comments that some of these idiots are out there making online. They go on to further call him some pretty grotesque names. Some of the names that were thrown around a lot during the campaign, but none the less, John McCain doesn’t deserve any of that. If you want to go after John McCain, you go after his record. His cancer is neither punishment for anything that he’s done in his life or God’s way of inflicting justice upon him.

It happens to good people, it happens to bad people, it happens to everyone in between. John McCain got brain cancer because John McCain got brain cancer. Not because he didn’t support Trump, not because he unleashed Sarah Palin on the world, and not because of his voting record. It certainly because of his time in Vietnam or his time as a prisoner of war. It wasn’t because he was tortured. It was just because John McCain developed brain cancer. It could happen to anyone. There is no reason to make this uncivil. If you don’t like John McCain, go after his policies, go after his voting record. That’s fine, but the cancer thing, the fact that this man is likely gonna die and leave behind his wife and his daughter, people who do love him and support him and respect him, that is sad. That is the only response that any of us should have to this particular diagnosis.

I think a lot of Democrats understand that. They try to be civil at these times, but when you have a part of the Republican party, the alt-right, out there celebrating this because he wouldn’t blindly support Donald Trump, that is absolutely disgusting. There is nothing admirable about the alt-right. There is no redeeming quality about those human beings that consider themselves a part of this. They are disgusting, atrocious, troll-like individuals that do not deserve any kind of platform on which to spew their hate. They seem to have found it online. They seem to be flourishing under Donald Trump and they love him because he is exactly like them. That’s only one more reason why we need to get that man out of office as soon as possible.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced