(National Sentinel) Irony: Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who has been a thorn in President Donald J. Trump’s side since the chief executive insulted his Vietnam service and captivity during last year’s campaign, changed his focus to Hillary Clinton in a long interview with Esquire magazine.

McCain hit Clinton for failing to move on since her second presidential loss a year ago, even recommending she “just shut up.”

“You’ve got to understand that you can’t rewrite history,” McCain told Esquire magazine for a long profile released Monday.

“One of the almost irresistible impulses you have when you lose is to somehow justify why you lost and how you were mistreated: ‘I did the right thing! I did!’ The hardest thing to do is to just shut up,” McCain said.

Clinton’s post-election book, “What Happened,” attempts to lay blame for her election loss on a number of factors and persons other than herself.

Now, the senior Arizona senator is working on his own memoir that will include what happened during the 2008 campaign, when McCain lost to Barack Obama, then a junior senator from Illinois.

As for Clinton continuing to lay blame and discuss her loss, McCain reportedly said, “What’s the f***ing point? Keep the fight up? History will judge that campaign, and it’s always a period of time before they do,” McCain said.

“You’ve got to move on. This is Hillary’s problem right now: She doesn’t have anything to do,” he added.

He also pushed back against earlier attempts to blame his own running mate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for their election loss.

“To blame things on Sarah Palin is a cop-out,” McCain told Esquire. “The fact is that they were out to get her. They ridiculed her. They denigrated her.”

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