When media house reported that senator john mccain had been diagnosed with brain cancer, he received numerous messages on encouragement and support. He received positive wishes from former presidents George W Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.

Punishment from God

But there is one group which thinks that the elderly politician is not deserving of sympathy. Members of the United States Alternate Right have described the Senator's diagnosis as justice from God. The messages, full of hatred and anger stem from Mccain's constant criticism of President Donald Trump.

4chan, the message board for members of the far-right, was filled with comments laced with bile, with one commenter saying that the veteran Republican will not live long enough to see another president, other than Trump. Another member of the message board announced his conviction that God is punishing McCain, and that God supports the New Right.

War of words

The Arizona Senator has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump. Earlier this year, he decried the president's treatment of journalists. A former presidential candidate himself, the Arizona lawmaker said that Trump's labeling the press as the enemy was how dictators get created.

Talking to the Washington Post in February, the elderly statesman said that a careful study of history shows that the first thing dictators do is muzzle the media.

He was quick to add that he was not accusing Trump of dictatorship, but was just stating that Americans need to heed the lessons of history.

In 2015, Trump said that he did not consider McCain - a former Navy pilot - a war hero. In Trump's opinion, the former soldier is only considered a hero because he was captured during the war.

Trump goaded the Senator by stating his preference for soldiers who have never been captured in war.

Hours after he was informed of his cancer, the Republican Senator launched a new attack on the US president. He was riled by a decision by the Trump administration to abolish a CIA-supported initiative for Syrian fighters battling President Bashar Al-Assad's government.

McCain said that if reports of the program's demise were true, then the US government could be giving Russian President Vladimir Putin more room to maneuver in Syria. He stated as irresponsible and short-sighted, any concessions to Russia in the ongoing Syrian civil strife.

Trump did send a message of support to Mr. McCain and his wife, Cindy, after receiving news of the cancer diagnosis. In the message, Trump praised the Senator by describing as a fighter and wished him a quick recovery.