McCain Now Denies Ever Saying Undocumented Immigrants Started Wildfire

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has faced non-stop criticism since he falsely claimed undocumented immigrants started the destructive wildfires in northern Arizona. McCain’s responses in the last 24 hours have been all over the map — first he dug in, then he expressed confusion that people were angry, and now he’s resorted to completely denying that he suggested immigrants started this particular wildfire. In an interview with Imus in the Morning, McCain walked back his accusation, saying, “I never said that they did.” Watch it:

At a press conference about the unprecedented damage caused by the Wallow Fire on Saturday, McCain said, “There is substantial evidence that some of these fires are caused by people who have crossed our border illegally.” Although McCain is insisting his comments were about other fires, it’s unclear why he would raise the connection to immigrants in that context if he did not intend to cast blame for the damage on immigrants.