A Democratic candidate for Congress is in some hot water after mocking Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) cancer. Dean Phillips is running for Congress in Minnesota against Erik Paulsen (R-MN) in the 3rd district. McCain was diagnosed in July with brain cancer.

Phillips said that McCain has showed “courage” by standing up to President Trump, but he only did it because he has brain cancer:

“‘I’ve been tweeting on occasion about saluting Bob Corker and John McCain and Jeff Flake – men who have shown a little bit of courage speaking truth to their own party,’ said Dean Phillips, who is running for a House seat in Minnesota. ‘But it shouldn’t take brain cancer and the retirement from the Senate to do so.’”

John McCain has not responded to the attack but Phillips later apologized:

“‘First and foremost, I apologize to Sen. McCain for referencing his health, which I should not have done,’ Phillips said. ‘I greatly admire Sen. McCain’s service to our country as well as his courage, and have for a long time.’

“‘The point I was trying to make is that too many Republicans in Congress today — unlike Sen. McCain, Sen. [Susan] Collins and a few others — have shown a troubling lack of courage and willingness to stand up for their constituents, including when it comes to protecting their access to affordable healthcare.’

“‘My sincere hope is that many more will join them in putting their country before their party,’ he added.”

Paulsen is a five-term Republican who last won his reelection by 17 points. Phillips is a founder of the gelato company Talenti. He is still running for the nomination but has raised $800,000, putting him above the pack of four Democrats vying for the right to face Paulsen.